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See also: Phrase and phrasé

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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin phrasis (diction), from Ancient Greek φράσις (phrásis, manner of expression), from φράζω (phrázō, I tell, express).

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phrase (plural phrases)

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noun phrase: the big bird - head: bird

  1. A short written or spoken expression.
  2. (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.
    • 2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8864:
      Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?
  3. (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
  4. (archaic) A mode or form of speech; diction; expression.
    • Tennyson
      phrases of the hearth
    • Shakespeare
      Thou speak'st / In better phrase and matter than thou didst.

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phrase (third-person singular simple present phrases, present participle phrasing, simple past and past participle phrased)

  1. (intransitive, music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
  2. (transitive, music) To divide into melodic phrases.
  3. (transitive) To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
    • Shakespeare
      These suns — for so they phrase 'em.

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phrase f (plural phrases)

  1. (false friend) sentence

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phrase

  1. ablative singular of phrasis

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phrase f (plural phrases)

  1. Obsolete spelling of frase (used in Portugal until September 1911 and died out in Brazil during the 1920s).