- 1[transitive] to say or write something in a particular way phrase something (+ adv./prep.) a carefully phrased remark I agree with what he says, but I'd have phrased it differently. She phrased the explanation in very simple terms. phrase something as something Her order was phrased as a suggestion.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] phrase (something) to divide a piece of music into small groups of notes; to play or sing these in a particular way, especially in an effective way Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘style or manner of expression’): via late Latin from Greek phrasis, from phrazein
BrE BrE//freɪz//; NAmE NAmE//freɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they phrase
BrE BrE//freɪz//; NAmE NAmE//freɪz//he / she / it phrases
BrE BrE//ˈfreɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreɪzɪz//past simple phrased
BrE BrE//freɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//freɪzd//past participle phrased
BrE BrE//freɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//freɪzd//-ing form phrasing
BrE BrE//ˈfreɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreɪzɪŋ//