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PHRASE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does phrase mean? 

PHRASE (noun)
  The noun PHRASE has 4 senses:

1. an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
2. a short musical passage
3. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
4. dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

  Familiarity information: PHRASE used as a noun is uncommon.


PHRASE (verb)
  The verb PHRASE has 2 senses:

1. put into words or an expression
2. divide, combine, or mark into phrases

  Familiarity information: PHRASE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PHRASE (noun)


Sense 1phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("phrase" is a kind of...):

construction; expression; grammatical construction (a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit)

Meronyms (parts of "phrase"):

head word; headword (a word that is qualified by a modifier)

modifier; qualifier (a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phrase"):

nominal; nominal phrase; noun phrase (a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb)

predicate; verb phrase (one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements)

prepositional phrase (a phrase beginning with a preposition)

pronominal; pronominal phrase (a phrase that functions as a pronoun)

response (a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister)

catch phrase; catchphrase (a phrase that has become a catchword)


Sense 2phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short musical passage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

musical phrase; phrase

Hypernyms ("phrase" is a kind of...):

musical passage; passage (a short section of a musical composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phrase"):

ostinato (a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition)

ligature ((music) a group of notes connected by a slur)

Holonyms ("phrase" is a part of...):

air; line; melodic line; melodic phrase; melody; strain; tune (a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence)


Sense 3phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

set phrase; idiomatic expression; phrasal idiom; phrase; idiom

Hypernyms ("phrase" is a kind of...):

expression; locution; saying (a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations)

Domain member usage:

out of whack (out of balance or out of adjustment)

in the lurch (in a difficult or vulnerable position)

like clockwork (with regularity and precision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phrase"):

ruralism; rusticism (a rural idiom or expression)


Sense 4phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("phrase" is a kind of...):

dance; dancing; saltation; terpsichore (taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music)


PHRASE (verb)


Sense 1phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into words or an expression

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

give voice; phrase; word; articulate; formulate

Context example:

He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees

Hypernyms (to "phrase" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "phrase"):

ask (direct or put; seek an answer to)

lexicalise; lexicalize (make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language)

dogmatise; dogmatize (state as a dogma)

formularise; formularize (express as a formula)

cast; couch; frame; put; redact (formulate in a particular style or language)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2phrase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Divide, combine, or mark into phrases

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

phrase a musical passage

Hypernyms (to "phrase" is one way to...):

arrange; order; put; set up (arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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