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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)
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