- a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence.
- (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.
verb (used with object), phrased, phras·ing.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
verb (used without object), phrased, phras·ing.
Origin of phrase
SYNONYMS FOR phrase
OTHER WORDS FROM phrasemis·phrase, verb (used with object), mis·phrased, mis·phras·ing.un·phrased, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH phrasefrays phrase (see synonym study at the current entry)
Words nearby phrase
Example sentences from the Web for phrased
The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.
Phrased more bluntly, lying around and eating too much messes up your body.Study: Exercise Could Be The Key to Mitigating the Christmas Weight Damage|Jesse Singal|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sure, it was phrased passively, and sure, it came at the end of the address.Candy Crowley Correction of Romney Over Benghazi Fuels Fury in Right Wing|Jesse Singal|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Sure there have been ups and downs in the last quarter century,” is how Zucker phrased some of these setbacks in a goodbye email.
I could have phrased that less colorfully, but I stand by the sentiment.
No other patient came; and, as he phrased it, we sank the shop.My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum|Herman Charles Merivale
Ulster demanded “a clean cut,” with the alternative, phrased by Carson, of “Come over and fight us.”
Its more obvious characteristics, however, may be phrased, and even an incomplete formula is often useful.Talks on the study of literature.|Arlo Bates
Things certainly seemed at sixes and sevens, as Roy phrased it, the next morning.Heriot's Choice|Rosa Nouchette Carey
Gregory's instructions were phrased with military directness.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for phrased
Word Origin for phrase
Cultural definitions for phrased
A group of grammatically connected words within a sentence: “One council member left in a huff”; “She got much satisfaction from planting daffodil bulbs.” Unlike clauses, phrases do not have both a subject and a predicate.