Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “phrase”

phrase

noun [C]  /freɪz/ us  
a group of words expressing a particular idea or meaning: I think the phrase "bundle of energy" describes Mara very well. grammar A phrase is a group of words forming a part of a sentence: In "He was a man of great wealth," "of great wealth" is a prepositional phrase. music A phrase is also a group of notes with a clear beginning and ending within a larger piece of music.
phrasal
adjective  /ˈfreɪ·zəl/ us  

phrase

verb [T]  /freɪz/ us  
to express something in a particular way when speaking or writing: The wording of his resignation was carefully phrased to avoid any admission of guilt.
(Definition of phrase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of phrase?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “phrase”

Definitions of “phrase” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

give the green light to sth

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More