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Definition of phrase verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they phrase
    he / she / it phrases
    past simple phrased
    -ing form phrasing
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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
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