- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of phrases
These are the phrases we want to hear from male allies across the tech industry in 2015 that show true, meaningful support.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
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
November 13, 2014
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.How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
Historical Examples of phrases
Aldonza had certainly not taught him the phrases he was so fond of repeating.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
We can not permit ourselves to be narrowed and dwarfed by slogans and phrases.
All the magical phrases in the play are phrases of jealousy, passion, and pity.
The 170 lines of it are full of phrases which might be taken direct from the sonnets.
I have used many Western phrases as necessary to the Western setting.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
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.