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

     

    phrase

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘style or manner of expression’): via late Latin from Greek phrasis, from phrazein ‘declare, tell’.Extra examples I should have phrased my question differently. The concerto’s slow movement was beautifully phrased. The statement was very carefully phrased. I agree with what he says, but I’d have phrased it differently.
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