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Grammatical phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. Unlike clauses, phrases do not contain both a subject and a predicate (although they sometimes function as one or the other).

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phrase

 (frāz)
n.
1. A sequence of words that have meaning, especially when forming part of a sentence.
2.
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
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.

phrase

(freɪz)
n
1. (Grammar) a group of words forming an immediate syntactic constituent of a clause. Compare clause1, noun phrase, verb phrase
2. a particular expression, esp an original one
3. (Classical Music) music a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody
4. (Dancing) (in choreography) a short sequence of dance movements
vb (tr)
5. (Classical Music) music to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
6. to express orally or in a phrase
[C16: from Latin phrasis, from Greek: speech, from phrazein to declare, tell]

phrase

(freɪz)

n., v. phrased, phras•ing. n.
1. a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical unit and lacking a finite verb or such elements of clause structure as subject and verb, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb, esp. such a construction acting as a unit in a sentence.
2. a characteristic, current, or proverbial expression.
3. a way of speaking, mode of expression, or phraseology.
4. a brief utterance or remark.
5. a division of a musical composition, commonly a passage of four or eight measures, forming part of a period.
6. a sequence of dance motions making up part of a choreographic pattern.
v.t.
7. to express or word in a particular way.
8. to express in words.
9.
a. to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece of music), esp. in execution.
b. to group (notes) into a phrase.
v.i.
10. to perform a musical passage or piece with proper phrasing.
[1520–30; (n.) back formation from phrases, pl. of earlier phrasis < Latin: diction, style < Greek phrásis, derivative of phrázein to show]

phrase


Past participle: phrased
Gerund: phrasing

Imperative
phrase
phrase
Present
I phrase
you phrase
he/she/it phrases
we phrase
you phrase
they phrase
Preterite
I phrased
you phrased
he/she/it phrased
we phrased
you phrased
they phrased
Present Continuous
I am phrasing
you are phrasing
he/she/it is phrasing
we are phrasing
you are phrasing
they are phrasing
Present Perfect
I have phrased
you have phrased
he/she/it has phrased
we have phrased
you have phrased
they have phrased
Past Continuous
I was phrasing
you were phrasing
he/she/it was phrasing
we were phrasing
you were phrasing
they were phrasing
Past Perfect
I had phrased
you had phrased
he/she/it had phrased
we had phrased
you had phrased
they had phrased
Future
I will phrase
you will phrase
he/she/it will phrase
we will phrase
you will phrase
they will phrase
Future Perfect
I will have phrased
you will have phrased
he/she/it will have phrased
we will have phrased
you will have phrased
they will have phrased
Future Continuous
I will be phrasing
you will be phrasing
he/she/it will be phrasing
we will be phrasing
you will be phrasing
they will be phrasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been phrasing
you have been phrasing
he/she/it has been phrasing
we have been phrasing
you have been phrasing
they have been phrasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been phrasing
you will have been phrasing
he/she/it will have been phrasing
we will have been phrasing
you will have been phrasing
they will have been phrasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been phrasing
you had been phrasing
he/she/it had been phrasing
we had been phrasing
you had been phrasing
they had been phrasing
Conditional
I would phrase
you would phrase
he/she/it would phrase
we would phrase
you would phrase
they would phrase
Past Conditional
I would have phrased
you would have phrased
he/she/it would have phrased
we would have phrased
you would have phrased
they would have phrased

phrase

A group of words forming a unit that is not a complete sentence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentencephrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
head word, headword - a content word that can be qualified by a modifier
grammatical construction, construction, expression - a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
nominal, nominal phrase, noun phrase - a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
verb phrase, predicate - one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
prepositional phrase - a phrase beginning with a preposition
pronominal, pronominal phrase - a phrase that functions as a pronoun
modifier, qualifier - a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
response - a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
catch phrase, catchphrase - a phrase that has become a catchword
2.phrase - a short musical passage
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
ligature - (music) a group of notes connected by a slur
ostinato - a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
3.phrase - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
ruralism, rusticism - a rural idiom or expression
in the lurch - in a difficult or vulnerable position; "he resigned and left me in the lurch"
like clockwork - with regularity and precision; "the rocket launch went off like clockwork"
4.phrase - dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
Verb1.phrase - put into words or an expressionphrase - put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
ask - direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
lexicalise, lexicalize - make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language; "The concept expressed by German `Gemuetlichkeit' is not lexicalized in English"
dogmatise, dogmatize - state as a dogma
formularise, formularize - express as a formula
couch, redact, put, frame, cast - formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
2.phrase - divide, combine, or mark into phrases; "phrase a musical passage"
arrange, order, put, set up - arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"

phrase

noun
1. expression, saying, remark, motto, construction, tag, quotation, maxim, idiom, utterance, adage, dictum, way of speaking, group of words, locution the Latin phrase, `mens sana in corpore sano'
verb
1. express, say, word, put, term, present, voice, frame, communicate, convey, utter, couch, formulate, put into words The speech was carefully phrased.

phrase

noun
1. A word or group of words forming a unit and conveying meaning:
2. Choice of words and the way in which they are used:
verb
To convey in language or words of a particular form:
Translations
عِبَارَةٌعِبارَة موسيقيَّهعِبارَهيَصوغُ الفِكْرَة في كَلِمات
изразявам
frase
frázeslovní spojenísouslovíformulovat
fraseordforbindelseudtrykkeformulere
عبارت
fraasifraseeratailmaistalauselauseen osa
izraz
frázisszókapcsolatzenei fráziskifejezésmondás
frasifrasi, orîasambandhendingmálshátturorîa
慣用句
문구
žodžių junginysžodžių parinkimasdėstytifrazėfrazinis veiksmažodis
formulētfrāzeizteikt vārdosvārdkopa
slovné spojenie
besedna zveza
frasfraserauttryck
วลี
cụm từ

phrase

[ˈfreɪz]
n
(= saying) → expression f
(= group of words) → groupe m de mots (= grammatical term) → syntagme m
My German is practically nil, just a few phrases here and there → Mon allemand est pratiquement inexistant, je peux juste aligner quelques bouts de phrases.
(in music)phrase f
(= dictum) → phrase f
in Marx's famous phrase → dans la célèbre phrase de Marx
vtexprimer
[+ letter] → rédigerphrase book nguide m de conversation

phrase

n
(Gram) → Phrase f, → Satzglied ntor -teil m; (in spoken language) → Phrase f; noun/verb phraseNominal-/Verbalphrase f
(= mode of expression)Ausdruck m; (= set expression)Redewendung f; in a phrasekurz gesagt ? set 2 d, turn 1 b
(Mus) → Phrase f
vt
(= express)formulieren; criticism, suggestionausdrücken, formulieren
(Mus) → phrasieren

phrase

:
phrase book
phrase marker
n (Ling) → P-Marker m, → Formationsmarker m
phrasemonger
n (pej)Phrasendrescher(in) m(f)

phrase

[freɪz]
1. n
a. (Gram) → locuzione f; (saying) → espressione f
noun phrase → sintagma m nominale
b. (Mus) → frase f
2. vt
a. (thought) → esprimere; (letter) → redigere
b. (Mus) → dividere in frasi

phrase

(freiz) noun
1. a small group of words (usually without a finite verb) which forms part of an actual or implied sentence. He arrived after dinner.
2. a small group of musical notes which follow each other to make a definite individual section of a melody. the opening phrase of the overture.
verb
to express (something) in words. I phrased my explanations in simple language.
phraseology (freiziˈolədʒi) noun
the manner of putting words and phrases together to express oneself. His phraseology shows that he is a foreigner.
ˈphrasing noun
1. phraseology.
2. the act of putting musical phrases together either in composing or playing.
ˈphrase-book noun
a book (eg for tourists) which contains and translates useful words and phrases in a foreign language.
phrasal verb
a phrase consisting of a verb and adverb or preposition, which together function as a verb. `Leave out', `go without', `go away', are phrasal verbs.

phrase

عِبَارَةٌ fráze frase kurzer Satz φράση frase lauseen osa expression izraz frase 慣用句 문구 uitdrukking uttrykk wyrażenie frase фраза fras วลี sözcük grubu cụm từ 短语

phrase

n. gr. frase.
References in classic literature ?
It suited her exactly, and soon she began to imitate the manners and conversation of those about her, to put on little airs and graces, use French phrases, crimp her hair, take in her dresses, and talk about the fashions as well as she could.
The woman had a quick ear, and caught up phrases whenever she heard English spoken.
Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad's language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.
Once or twice in these outbreaks he caught Ona's eye, and it seemed to him like the eye of a hunted animal; there were broken phrases of anguish and despair now and then, amid her frantic weeping.
The foreign words and phrases which they use have their exact equivalents in a nobler language--English; yet they think they 'adorn their page' when they say STRASSE for street, and BAHNHOF for railway-station, and so on--flaunting these fluttering rags of poverty in the reader's face and imagining he will be ass enough to take them for the sign of untold riches held in reserve.
A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy; another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language"; another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out; and a peculiarity that conspicuously marked and marred them was the inveterate and intolerable sermon that wagged its crippled tail at the end of each and every one of them.
If the heavenly language never has been learned, quick as is the spiritual sense in seizing the facts it needs, then the poor soul must use the words and phrases it has lived on and grown into day by day.
Even in that obscure position, Miss Scatcherd continued to make her an object of constant notice: she was continually addressing to her such phrases as the following:-
He was given to using rather grown-up phrases at times.
In the presence of such an emergency as now confronted her, Miss Gart h felt instinctively that all ordinary phrases of reproof would be phrases thrown away.
I remember a certain luscious roll he gave to such phrases as 'The people's representatives in Parliament assembled,' 'Your petitioners therefore humbly approach your honourable house,' 'His gracious Majesty's unfortunate subjects,' as if the words were something real in his mouth, and delicious to taste; Mr.
The whitewashed walls; the little pews where well-known figures entered with a subdued rustling, and where first one well-known voice and then another, pitched in a peculiar key of petition, uttered phrases at once occult and familiar, like the amulet worn on the heart; the pulpit where the minister delivered unquestioned doctrine, and swayed to and fro, and handled the book in a long accustomed manner; the very pauses between the couplets of the hymn, as it was given out, and the recurrent swell of voices in song: these things had been the channel of divine influences to Marner--they were the fostering home of his religious emotions--they were Christianity and God's kingdom upon earth.