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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 ​concreteslabs.
  • frame noun (BODY)

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

frameverb [T]

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

to ​carefullyplan or ​organizeideas, ​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 ​personseem to be ​guilty of a ​crime by ​providingfalseinformation: 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 ​ourweddingpictures framed. fig. Her ​smallface was framed by the ​opendoor.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"frame" in British English

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framenoun [C]

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

B1 a ​border that ​surrounds and ​supports a ​picture, ​door, or ​window: a ​picture frameframes the ​plastic or ​metalstructure that ​holds together a ​pair of ​glasses

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  • frame noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

B2 the ​basicstructure of a ​building, ​vehicle, or ​piece of ​furniture that other ​parts are ​added onto: a ​bicycle frame UK (US rack) a ​wooden or ​plastictriangle 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 ​particulartime: The most ​important thing is to go into the ​exam in a ​positive frame of ​mind.frame of reference a set of ​ideas or ​factsaccepted by a ​person that ​explainstheirbehaviour, ​opinions, or ​decisions: How can Christians and ​atheistsever 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.
  • frame noun [C] (PHOTOGRAPH)

specialized art one of the ​pictures on a ​strip of ​photographicfilm, or one of the ​singlepictures that together ​form a ​television or ​cinemafilm

frameverb

uk   us   /freɪm/
  • frame verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to ​express something ​choosingyour 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 ​personseem to be ​guilty of a ​crime when they are not, by ​producingfacts or ​information that are not ​true: He ​claimed he'd been framed by the ​police.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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