Definition of frame verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//freɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪm//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they frame
    BrE BrE//freɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪm//
    he / she / it frames
    BrE BrE//freɪmz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪmz//
    past simple framed
    BrE BrE//freɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪmd//
    past participle framed
    BrE BrE//freɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪmd//
    -ing form framing
    BrE BrE//ˈfreɪmɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreɪmɪŋ//
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  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. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, The art world
  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 synonym fit up 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 Measures to secure oil production must be framed in the context of rising energy demands.
  6. express something
  7. 4frame something to express something in a particular way You'll have to be careful how you frame the question.
  8. Word OriginOld English framian ‘be useful’, of Germanic origin and related to from. The general sense in Middle English, ‘make ready for use’, probably led to senses (3 and 4) of the verb; it also gave rise to the specific meaning ‘prepare timber for use in building’, later ‘make the wooden parts (framework) of a building’, hence the noun sense ‘structure’ (late Middle English).
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