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"phrase" in British English

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phrasenoun [C]

uk   /freɪz/ 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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phrasal
adjective /ˈfreɪ.zəl/ /ˈfreɪ.zəl/
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phraseverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /freɪz/ us   /freɪz/
to express something with a particular choice of words: The declaration was carefully/cleverly/tactfully, etc. phrased.
(Definition of phrase from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phrase" in American English

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phrasenoun [C]

us   /freɪz/
a group of words expressing a particular idea or meaning: I think the phrase "bundle of energy" describes Mara very well.
grammar A phrase is a group of words forming a part of a sentence: In "He was a man of great wealth," "of great wealth" is a prepositional phrase.
music A phrase is also a group of notes with a clear beginning and ending within a larger piece of music.
phrasal
adjective us   /ˈfreɪ·zəl/

phraseverb [T]

us   /freɪz/
to express something in a particular way when speaking or writing: The wording of his resignation was carefully phrased to avoid any admission of guilt.
(Definition of phrase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “phrase”
in Korean 구…
in Arabic عِبارة…
in Malaysian frasa, rangkai lagu…
in French syntagme, phrase…
in Russian фраза…
in Chinese (Traditional) 文法, 片語…
in Italian frase, locuzione…
in Turkish sözcük takımı…
in Polish zwrot, wyrażenie…
in Spanish locución, frase…
in Vietnamese cụm từ, đoản khúc…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 语法, 短语…
in Indonesian frasa…
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“phrase” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

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