- 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 formsmis·phrase, verb (used with object), mis·phrased, mis·phras·ing.un·phrased, adjective
Can be confusedfrays phrase (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for phrases
These are the phrases we want to hear from male allies across the tech industry in 2015 that show true, meaningful support.
But several of these words and phrases do manage to secure an enduring place in the English language.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist|Samantha Allen|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is refreshingly—to this reader, at least—devoid of phrases like “a new study shows” or “data now support.”
Two phrases stand out: be they who they may and broken in from the birth.
And then predictably, there was a long unprintable list of synonyms and phrases for various sex acts.
These phrases were jerked out with long pauses separating them, and then the Elder was ominously silent.Elder Conklin|Frank Harris
I know that no end of phrases could be adduced to show the inclusiveness of the word labor.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
My opponent critic, I suspect, takes equally tempered and in tune to be phrases of one meaning.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)|Augustus de Morgan
"He was my grandpap," the stranger announced, dropping easily into the phrases of the country.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
The passage is followed by the Motive of the Mastersingers, which in turn leads to an imposing combination of phrases.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
British Dictionary definitions for phrases
Word Origin for phrase
Culture definitions for phrases
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.