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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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