- 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.
- Rhetoric. a word or group of spoken words that the mind focuses on momentarily as a meaningful unit and is preceded and followed by pauses.
- a characteristic, current, or proverbial expression: a hackneyed phrase.
- Music. a division of a composition, commonly a passage of four or eight measures, forming part of a period.
- a way of speaking, mode of expression, or phraseology: a book written in the phrase of the West.
- a brief utterance or remark: In a phrase, he's a dishonest man.
- Dance. a sequence of motions making up part of a choreographic pattern.
- to express or word in a particular way: to phrase an apology well.
- to express in words: to phrase one's thoughts.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
- Music. to perform a passage or piece with proper phrasing.
Origin of phrase
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Examples from the Web for phrased
The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.Christie, Not Quite Dead Yet
March 27, 2014
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
December 27, 2013
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
October 17, 2012
“Sure there have been ups and downs in the last quarter century,” is how Zucker phrased some of these setbacks in a goodbye email.NBC's Life After Zucker
September 24, 2010
I could have phrased that less colorfully, but I stand by the sentiment.The Slacker Generation's Swift
March 3, 2010
But he had phrased his little insult as a question so he had only himself to blame.Arm of the Law
She shrewdly suspected some "bit of trickery," as she phrased it.The Fat and the Thin
So much for her secrets with him, none of which really required to be phrased.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
The two elders of the party “slept with one eye open,” as they phrased it.The Boy Settlers
He saw facts at curious angles and phrased them accordingly.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- music to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
- to express orally or in a phrase
Word Origin and History for phrased
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.