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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).
n., v. phrased, phras•ing. n.
Past participle: phrased
|Noun||1.||phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence|
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
response - a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
|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"
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"
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|
|Verb||1.||phrase - 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"
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"
|2.||phrase - divide, combine, or mark into phrases; "phrase a musical passage"|
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.