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phrasenoun [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 ​shortgroup of words that are often used together and have a ​particularmeaning: We are ​governed, in ​Lord Hailsham's ​famous phrase, by an "​electivedictatorship".
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phrasal
adjective /ˈfreɪ.zəl/
Grammar

phraseverb [T usually + adv/prep]

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

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phrasenoun [C]

 us   /freɪz/
a ​group of words ​expressing a ​particularidea 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 ​greatwealth," "of ​greatwealth" is a ​prepositional phrase. music A phrase is also a ​group of ​notes with a ​clearbeginning and ​ending within a ​largerpiece 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 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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