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phrase

phrase

 
pronunciation:
freIz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in grammar, a group of words that has meaning and grammatical order but does not have both a subject and a predicate.
See a movie for this meaning
 
similar words:
clause, locution
definition 2: a group of spoken words that is separated from others by pauses.
He spoke in halting phrases.
similar words:
expression, line, locution, speech, utterance
definition 3: a brief and often familiar saying or expression, sometimes overused, such as a cliché.
the political phrase "guns or butter"
synonyms:
expression
similar words:
bromide, byword, cliché, commonplace, maxim, platitude, proverb, saw, saying, truism
definition 4: a brief, coherent passage of music.
synonyms:
strain
similar words:
aria, line, melody, tune
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: phrased, phrases, phrasing
definition 1: to express or say in a particular way.
How should I phrase this introduction?
synonyms:
couch, word
similar words:
articulate, express, formulate, frame, put, style
definition 2: to express verbally.
synonyms:
articulate, say, verbalize, voice
similar words:
assert, communicate, declare, impart, mention, mouth, put, relate, speak, tell, utter
definition 3: to read or say with deliberate or appropriate pauses or other vocal effects, such as stress or accent.
similar words:
accentuate, articulate, emphasize, enunciate, stress
definition 4: to execute (a passage or passages of music) in a particular way.
similar words:
express, perform, play
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to execute passages of music in a particular way.
similar words:
perform, play
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