Definitions of phrase

  1. put into words or an expression; " He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
  2. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  3. a short musical passage
  4. an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
  5. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
  6. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  7. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  8. A short clause or portion of a period.
  9. To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  10. To use proper or fine phrases.
  11. To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.
  12. In grammar, a group of related words not containing a subject and a predicate; any brief pithy expression; style or manner of speech.
  13. To put into words, especially into suitable words.
  14. A part of a sentence: a short pithy expression: a form of speech: ( music) a short clause or portion of a sentence.
  15. To express in words: to style.
  16. To express in words.
  17. Part of a sentence; short expression; form of speech.
  18. A few words denoting a single idea; a brief expression; term; diction.
  19. A fragment of a melody.
  20. A short expression; a peculiar mode of speech; style.
  21. To express in words or in peculiar words. Phrase- book, a book of idioms.
  22. Two or more words containing a particular mode of speech; an idiom; style or manner in writing or speaking.
  23. To express in peculiar words; to style.

Usage examples for phrase

  1. He is the author of The True Church, a phrase which seems to have a book- meaning and a mission- meaning. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. Just what evil Conny had done to Cairy Isabelle could not say, ending always with the phrase, " but I don't trust her," or " she is so selfish." – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  3. You have damned it with your own phrase 'hack journalism'! – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. That phrase described all for which she had cared most. – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  5. Chekhov, certainly, with his extraordinary modesty and his dislike of phrase- making, would never have said anything like that. – Reminiscences of Anton Chekhov by Maxim Gorky Alexander Kuprin I. A. Bunin
  6. The phrase was formerly in use in Harvard College. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  7. A little further comes this curious phrase, " Our father would much like you to have his pictures, if you are still in the body, James." – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  8. A large order, as the boys phrase it! – The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society by Upton Sinclair
  9. The phrase went out of his mind. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  10. The phrase might have been familiar English to him. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  11. The phrase delighted him. – The Worshipper of the Image by Richard Le Gallienne
  12. Elisaveta remarked: " I suppose you think our being glad to see you merely a polite phrase." – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  13. The criminal classes, to use your phrase, are not made up of quite the same persons in the eyes of the Supreme as in yours. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  14. Presently she turned the phrase so as to make it appear natural enough. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  15. Well, my Lady, I will not quarrel with the phrase. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  16. That ever I should have lived to hear you use a phrase like that! – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  17. As the old phrase puts it, he was all by himself. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  18. One could easily start a phrase with any of these, even with any two of them such as If it, Is in, Is it, It is. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  19. I came upon a fine phrase the other evening in your English prayer book. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  20. The phrase took hold of her imagination. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young