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"frame" in British English

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framenoun [C]

uk   /freɪm/  us   /freɪm/
  • frame noun [C] (BORDER)

B1 a border that surrounds and supports a picture, door, or window: a picture frame
frames
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 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.

frameverb

uk   /freɪm/  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.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frame" in American English

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framenoun

 us   /freɪm/
  • frame noun (BORDER)

[C] a border that encloses and supports a picture, mirror, etc.: She put his picture in a silver frame.
  • frame noun (STRUCTURE)

[C] a structure that holds the parts of an object in position and gives them support: The houses have wood frames built on concrete slabs.
  • frame noun (BODY)

[C] a person’s body when referring to its size or structure: He eased his lean frame into a chair.

frameverb [T]

 us   /freɪm/
  • frame verb [T] (EXPRESS)

to carefully plan or organize ideas, suggestions, methods, etc., in a particular way: Their conclusions are framed in such a way that if one piece of evidence were shown to be false, the argument would be suspect.
  • frame verb [T] (MAKE GUILTY)

infml to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime by providing false information: It looked like somebody was trying to frame him.
  • frame verb [T] (BORDER)

to fix a border around a picture, photograph, etc., often with glass in front of it: We had our wedding pictures framed. fig. Her small face was framed by the open door.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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