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1. A sequence of words that have meaning, especially when forming part of a sentence.
a. A characteristic way or mode of expression: an apt turn of phrase.
b. A brief, apt, and cogent expression: the phrase "out of the frying pan and into the fire."
3. Music A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
4. A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
v. phrased, phras·ing, phras·es
1. To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
2. Music
a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.
b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
1. To make or express phrases.
2. Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

[Latin phrasis, diction, from Greek, speech, diction, phrase, from phrazein, to point out, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]

phras′al adj.
phras′al·ly adv.


(Grammar) of, relating to, or composed of phrases
ˈphrasally adv


(ˈfreɪ zəl)

of, pertaining to, or consisting of a phrase or phrases.
phras′al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.phrasal - of or relating to or functioning as a phrase; "phrasal verb"


A. ADJfrasal
B. CPD phrasal verb Nverbo m con preposición or adverbio


adjim Satz
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