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frame

noun [C] uk   us   /freɪm/

frame noun [C] (BORDER)

B1 a border that surrounds and supports a picture, door, or window: a picture frameframes the plastic or metal structure that holds together a pair of glasses
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frame noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

B2 the basic structure of a building, vehicle, or piece of furniture that other parts are added onto: a bicycle frame UK (US rack) a wooden or plastic triangle used to put the balls into position at the start of a game such as billiards or snooker the size and shape of someone's body: My sister has a much bigger frame than me.frame of mind C2 the way someone thinks or feels about something at a particular time: The most important thing is to go into the exam in a positive frame of mind.frame of reference a set of ideas or facts accepted by a person that explains their behaviour, opinions, or decisions: How can Christians and atheists ever come to understand each other when their frames of reference are so different?
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frame noun [C] (GAME)

a period of play in some games, such as snooker: She lost the next two frames.

frame noun [C] (PHOTOGRAPH)

specialized art one of the pictures on a strip of photographic film, or one of the single pictures that together form a television or cinema film

frame

verb uk   us   /freɪm/

frame verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to express something choosing your words carefully: The interview would have been more productive if the questions had been framed more precisely.

frame verb (MAKE GUILTY)

[T often passive] informal to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime when they are not, by producing facts or information that are not true: He claimed he'd been framed by the police.

frame verb (BORDER)

[T] to fix a border around a picture, etc. and often glass in front of it: I keep meaning to get that photo framed. [T] to form an edge to something in an attractive way: Her new hairstyle frames her face in a much more flattering way.
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