Phrase meaning

frāz
Phrase is defined as to express in words.

An example of phrase is to compose an apology.

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The definition of a phrase is two or more words that express an idea and are a part of a sentence.

An example of phrase is "went to the store."

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A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
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To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
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To express orally or in writing.

The speaker phrased several opinions.

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A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
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A manner or style of speech or expression; phraseology.
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A short, colorful or forceful expression.
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A connected series of movements in a formal dance.
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A sequence of two or more words conveying a single thought or forming a distinct part of a sentence but not containing a subject and predicate.
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A group of words that functions as a syntactic unit.
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A short, distinct part or passage, usually of two, four, or eight measures.
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To express in a certain way, as by selecting particular words to make a phrase.
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To mark off or divide (notes) into phrases.
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A short written or spoken expression.
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(grammar) A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words.
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(music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
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(intransitive, music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
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(music) To divide into melodic phrases.
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To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
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A sequence of words that have meaning, especially when forming part of a sentence.
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To make or express phrases.
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Origin of phrase

  • Latin phrasis diction from Greek speech, diction, phrase from phrazein to point out, show gwhren- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Late Latin phrasis (“diction”), from Ancient Greek φράσις (phrasis, “manner of expression”), from φράζω (phrazō, “I tell, express”).
    From Wiktionary