American English

Definition of frame verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they frame
    he / she / it frames
    past simple framed
    -ing form framing
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    make border
  1. 1[usually passive] frame something to put or make a frame or border around something The photograph had been framed. Her blonde hair framed her face. He stood there, head back, framed against the blue sky.
  2. produce false evidence
  3. 2[usually passive] frame somebody (for something) to produce false evidence against an innocent person so that people think he or she is guilty He says he was framed.
  4. develop plan/system
  5. 3frame something (formal) to create and develop something such as a plan, a system, or a set of rules
  6. express something
  7. 4frame something to express something in a particular way You'll have to be careful how you frame the question.
    adjective (often in compounds) a framed photograph
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: frame