Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to phrasal: phrases


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Grammar) of, relating to, or composed of phrases
ˈphrasally adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈfreɪ zəl)

of, pertaining to, or consisting of a phrase or phrases.
phras′al•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.phrasal - of or relating to or functioning as a phrase; "phrasal verb"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


A. ADJfrasal
B. CPD phrasal verb Nverbo m con preposición or adverbio
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


adjim Satz
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
Yet, it is the phrasal verbs such as "hold out" and "hold off" that seem to complicate and expand this space (ll.
Such tight control of phrasal parallels is not at all unusual in poems that are significantly emotive in their rhythmic ordering.
Addressed to a Young Lady, "is a partial source for the tale's patronym" (54) and he supports his assertion with the observation that Clio--Ussher's manuscript--and Poe's tale have "structural, symbolical and phrasal continuities" (55).
There are fascinating findings about, for example, the way naming patterns differed between the First/Second Settlement and the Melanesian Mission stage of Norfolk's history (49-52), and how Norf k or Mota words have been incorporated into phrasal toponyms (52-6).
Torralba said "new heritage church" was a phrasal term, not a misnomer.
Voigt's phrasal repetition ("to fall in love") and shifts in register (the biblical locution "sick unto death") become even more resonant in the absence of graphical guideposts.
The label 'elision' is used by Garrapa as an instance of phrasal allomorphy; she does not consider the phenomenon of final vowel deletion as a phonologically constrained process.
"Language Transfer is different; rather than focusing on specific vocabulary, we're looking at generalisations, the analogies between your mother tongue and the language you're learning." He gives several very apt examples: how in Greek the accent is pulled back when we speak of the past, while in Spanish the accent is pushed forward when we talk about the future; the linguistic determinism of phrasal verbs; the importance of the culture in understanding a language.
Chapter 3 discusses the phrasal categories, NP, VP, Adj.
ADVP--adverbial phrase: phrasal category headed by an adverb.
Idioms, phrasal verbs, figurative speech, discourse markers, and collocations are all examples of formulaic language which share two key features: they occur together frequently as a fixed combination of words and they are stored and retrieved from long-term memory as whole lexical chunks.
We now proceed to the phrasal level--that is, the frontiers between words as may be encountered within the sung line.