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frame

noun  us   /freɪm/

frame noun (BORDER)

[C] a border that encloses and supports a picture, mirror, etc.: She put his picture in a silver frame.

frame noun (STRUCTURE)

[C] a structure that holds the parts of an object in position and gives them support: The houses have wood frames built on concrete slabs.

frame noun (BODY)

[C] a person’s body when referring to its size or structure: He eased his lean frame into a chair.

frame

verb [T]  us   /freɪm/

frame verb [T] (EXPRESS)

to carefully plan or organize ideas, suggestions, methods, etc., in a particular way: Their conclusions are framed in such a way that if one piece of evidence were shown to be false, the argument would be suspect.

frame verb [T] (MAKE GUILTY)

infml to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime by providing false information: It looked like somebody was trying to frame him.

frame verb [T] (BORDER)

to fix a border around a picture, photograph, etc., often with glass in front of it: We had our wedding pictures framed. fig. Her small face was framed by the open door.
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