- 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.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
Origin of phrase
synonym study 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
How to use phrase in a sentence
Here’s a phrase that doesn’t begin to represent what we’ve actually done.Spanberger sparked a debate about 'defund the police’ attacks. Cameron Webb slogged through them.|Meagan Flynn|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
That phrase could easily serve as the design label for anything written by Horowitz himself.Agatha Christie fans, take note: Anthony Horowitz has a clever new twist on the classic whodunit|Michael Dirda|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
People’s searches are constantly changing so there may be a new keyword phrase growing in search volume that your competitors aren’t targeting yet.Holiday marketing: Get the data that puts you ahead of the competition|Sarah Mehlman|November 10, 2020|Search Engine Watch
In our experience, structuring content this way appears to act as a “triggering phrase” that allows Google to easily find the text that’s relevant for the featured snippet.
The disambiguation aspect mostly applied to sentences and phrases.
The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.
A far better resolution phrased as a behavior is to keep a to do list, and to cross at least one thing off the list every day.The One Simple Behavioral Secret Will Help You Meet Your Life Goals in 2014|Dave Asprey|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
The rest are carefully phrased to offer no actual benchmarks.
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
How just is this sentiment, so simply phrased, incidental to the passionate and feverish colour of the painter!Charles Baudelaire, His Life|Thophile Gautier
Rubens is now only a 'healthy, worthy, kind-hearted, courtly-phrased animal.'Art in England|Dutton Cook
But when the girl backed her up, as he phrased it to himself, he liked that even less.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
As he phrased it, "I know no more of grammar than one of your calves."A Plea for Captain John Brown|Henry David Thoreau
She took care of her "two men" as she phrased it proudly—her husband and her great-bodied son—as if they were helpless children.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for phrase
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Cultural definitions for phrase
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.