- 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.
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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
It’s a reference to the phrase “put some mustard on it” — which refers to the act of adding a bit of an edge to a throw.Mustard raises $1.7M to improve athletic mechanics with AI|Brian Heater|September 4, 2020|TechCrunch
In the midst of the lockdowns, Google reported that searches using the phrase “in stock” increased more than 70% during April.A Corona Xmas: Why physical stores will power online shopping this holiday season|Greg Sterling|September 4, 2020|Search Engine Land
Depending on how “significant” this change is, it may mean advertisers won’t be able to run an n-gram analysis on groups of lower-volume keywords to understand what words or phrases are working and which ones are not.Google Ads to limit Search Terms reporting, citing privacy|Ginny Marvin|September 2, 2020|Search Engine Land
In simple terms, voice search SEO is a technique that optimizes the content, phrases, keywords, metadata, and more to enable your voice search to rank on top whenever a user asks questions.Voice search SEO guide: Trends and best practices|Ricky Wang|September 2, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Any time you see the phrase “order of magnitude,” you’re seeing a reference to a logarithm.Explainer: What are logarithms and exponents?|Bethany Brookshire|August 12, 2020|Science News For Students
Though conversational and often witty, his meandering phrases become increasingly unpredictable as they develop.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago|Charles Shafaieh|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A glossary of what all those strange phrases in classic Christmas songs really mean.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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
One of the memorable phrases in the novel is the idea that Auschwitz gives you a picture of your soul.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.
He sang the words with an odd, emphatic slowness, turning to look at Lettice between the phrases.
The unfinished phrases floated, but dared not come to earth; they gathered but remained undelivered.
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.
In all letters which the son writes to his father he uses the most exalted titles and honourable phrases he can imagine.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
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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.