- 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
Related Words for phrasedsaying, remark, slogan, utterance, phrasing, idiom, motto, expression, terminology, wording, byword, diction, locution, maxim, catchword, tag, watchword, verbiage, shibboleth, verbalism
Examples from the Web for phrased
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of phrased
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
Word Origin for phrase
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.