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phrase  (frz)
1. A sequence of words intended to have meaning.
a. A characteristic way or mode of expression.
b. A brief, apt, and cogent expression.
3. A word or group of words read or spoken as a unit and separated by pauses or other junctures.
4. Grammar Two or more words in sequence that form a syntactic unit that is less than a complete sentence.
5. Music A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
6. A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
v. phrased, phras·ing, phras·es
1. To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
2. To pace or mark off (something read aloud or spoken) by pauses.
3. Music
a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.
b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
1. To make or render phrases, as in reading aloud.
2. Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

[Latin phrasis, diction, from Greek, speech, diction, phrase, from phrazein, to point out, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]

phrasal adj.
phrasal·ly adv.

phrase  /frez/  n. a usu. brief group of words that is not a sentence but may form part of a sentence: Down the hill is a phrase in The ball rolled down the hill.
v. [T] phrased, phrasing, phrases to express s.t. with carefully chosen words: She phrased her question politely, using the word please. phrase

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