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Definition of Phrase

Phrase

  1. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
  2. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  3. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  4. A short clause or portion of a period.
  5. To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  6. To use proper or fine phrases.
  7. To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.

Phrase Quotations

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov

It's in the history books, the Holocaust. It's just a phrase. And the truth is it happened yesterday. It happened to my mother. I never met my grandmothers or my grandfathers. They were all wiped up in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.
Gene Simmons

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.
Al Gore

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?
Carl Rogers
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Phrase Translations

phrase in French is revirement, locution
phrase in German is Satz, Redensart
phrase in Italian is formulare, frase, volta
phrase in Spanish is virada, formular, locucion
phrase in Swedish is fras, uttryck
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