Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “phrase”

phrase

noun [C] uk   /freɪz/ us  

phrase noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

language a group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence

phrase noun [C] (EXPRESSION)

B1 a short group of words that are often used together and have a particular meaning: We are governed, in Lord Hailsham's famous phrase, by an 'elective dictatorship'.
See also

phrase noun [C] (MUSIC)

specialized music a small group of notes forming a unit of a tune
Grammar

phrase

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /freɪz/ us  
to express something with a particular choice of words: The declaration was carefully/cleverly/tactfully, etc. phrased.
(Definition of phrase from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of phrase?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “phrase” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

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