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English noun: phrase

1. phrase (communication) an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

Broader (hypernym)construction, expression, grammatical construction

Narrower (hyponym)catch phrase, catchphrase, nominal, nominal phrase, noun phrase, predicate, prepositional phrase, pronominal, pronominal phrase, response, verb phrase

Part holonymhead word, headword, modifier, qualifier

2. phrase (communication) a short musical passage

Synonymsmusical phrase

Broader (hypernym)musical passage, passage

Narrower (hyponym)ligature, ostinato

Part meronymair, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

3. phrase (communication) an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Synonymsidiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase

Broader (hypernym)expression, locution, saying

Narrower (hyponym)ruralism, rusticism

Domain usage membersin the lurch, like clockwork, out of whack

4. phrase (act) dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

Broader (hypernym)dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

English verb: phrase

1. phrase (communication) put into words or an expression

SamplesHe formulated his concerns to the board of trustees.

Synonymsarticulate, formulate, give voice, word

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

Narrower (hyponym)ask, cast, couch, dogmatise, dogmatize, formularise, formularize, frame, lexicalise, lexicalize, put, redact

2. phrase (communication) divide, combine, or mark into phrases

SamplesPhrase a musical passage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, order, put, set up

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