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phrase

noun [C] uk   us   /freɪz/

phrase noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

language a group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence
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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".
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phrase noun [C] (MUSIC)

specialized music a small group of notes forming a unit of a tune
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adjective /ˈfreɪ.zəl/
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phrase

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   us   /freɪz/
to express something with a particular choice of words: The declaration was carefully/cleverly/tactfully, etc. phrased.
Translations of “phrase”
in Arabic عِبارة…
in Korean 구…
in Malaysian frasa, rangkai lagu…
in French syntagme, phrase…
in Turkish sözcük takımı…
in Italian frase, locuzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 文法, 片語…
in Russian фраза…
in Polish zwrot, wyrażenie…
in Vietnamese cụm từ, đoản khúc…
in Spanish frase…
in Portuguese locução, frase…
in Thai วลี, เนื้อเพลง…
in German der Ausdruck, der Satz…
in Catalan locució…
in Japanese フレーズ, 言い回し…
in Indonesian frasa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 语法, 短语…
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