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English definition of “phrase”


noun [C]    /freɪz/
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    /ˈfreɪ·zəl/ adjective
(Definition of phrase noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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