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When most of us hear the phrase, 'survival of the fittest,' we assume it originated with Charles Darwin. It did not. The phrase doesn't exist anywhere in Darwin's first edition of 'Origin of the Species.'
Joel A. Barker

Meaning of "phrase" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PHRASE

From Latin phrasis, from Greek: speech, from phrazein to declare, tell.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PHRASE

phrase  [freɪz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PHRASE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Phrase is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb phrase in English.

WHAT DOES PHRASE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

phrase

Phrase

In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words that form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A phrase is lower on the grammatical hierarchy than a clause.

Definition of phrase in the English dictionary

The first definition of phrase in the dictionary is a particular expression, esp an original one. Other definition of phrase is a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody. Phrase is also a short sequence of dance movements.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO PHRASE

PRESENT

Present
I phrase
you phrase
he/she/it phrases
we phrase
you phrase
they phrase
Present continuous
I am phrasing
you are phrasing
he/she/it is phrasing
we are phrasing
you are phrasing
they are phrasing
Present perfect
I have phrased
you have phrased
he/she/it has phrased
we have phrased
you have phrased
they have phrased
Present perfect continuous
I have been phrasing
you have been phrasing
he/she/it has been phrasing
we have been phrasing
you have been phrasing
they have been phrasing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I phrased
you phrased
he/she/it phrased
we phrased
you phrased
they phrased
Past continuous
I was phrasing
you were phrasing
he/she/it was phrasing
we were phrasing
you were phrasing
they were phrasing
Past perfect
I had phrased
you had phrased
he/she/it had phrased
we had phrased
you had phrased
they had phrased
Past perfect continuous
I had been phrasing
you had been phrasing
he/she/it had been phrasing
we had been phrasing
you had been phrasing
they had been phrasing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will phrase
you will phrase
he/she/it will phrase
we will phrase
you will phrase
they will phrase
Future continuous
I will be phrasing
you will be phrasing
he/she/it will be phrasing
we will be phrasing
you will be phrasing
they will be phrasing
Future perfect
I will have phrased
you will have phrased
he/she/it will have phrased
we will have phrased
you will have phrased
they will have phrased
Future perfect continuous
I will have been phrasing
you will have been phrasing
he/she/it will have been phrasing
we will have been phrasing
you will have been phrasing
they will have been phrasing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would phrase
you would phrase
he/she/it would phrase
we would phrase
you would phrase
they would phrase
Conditional continuous
I would be phrasing
you would be phrasing
he/she/it would be phrasing
we would be phrasing
you would be phrasing
they would be phrasing
Conditional perfect
I would have phrase
you would have phrase
he/she/it would have phrase
we would have phrase
you would have phrase
they would have phrase
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been phrasing
you would have been phrasing
he/she/it would have been phrasing
we would have been phrasing
you would have been phrasing
they would have been phrasing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you phrase
we let´s phrase
you phrase
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to phrase
Past participle
phrased
Present Participle
phrasing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PHRASE


appraise
əˈpreɪz
braise
breɪz
craze
kreɪz
epimerase
ˈepɪməˌreɪz
erase
ɪˈreɪz
fraise
freɪz
fundraise
ˈfʌndˌreɪz
graze
ɡreɪz
gyrase
ˈdʒaɪˌreɪz
mores
ˈmɔːreɪz
paraphrase
ˈpærəˌfreɪz
polymerase
pəˈlɪməreɪz
praise
preɪz
prase
preɪz
raise
reɪz
rase
reɪz
raze
reɪz
rephrase
riːˈfreɪz
strays
streɪz
telomerase
tɛˈlɒməˌreɪz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PHRASE

phrasally
phrase book
phrase marker
phrase structure
phrase-structure grammar
phrase-structure rule
phraseless
phrasemaker
phrasemaking
phraseman
phrasemonger
phraseogram
phraseograph
phraseographic
phraseography
phraseologic
phraseological
phraseologically
phraseologies
phraseologist

WORDS THAT END LIKE PHRASE

acetylcholinesterase
buzz phrase
carbonic anhydrase
catch phrase
chrysoprase
esterase
holophrase
isomerase
luciferase
metaphrase
misphrase
noun phrase
parrot phrase
periphrase
prepositional phrase
to coin a phrase
topoisomerase
transferase
turn of phrase
verb phrase

Synonyms and antonyms of phrase in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PHRASE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «phrase» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of phrase

Translation of «phrase» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PHRASE

Find out the translation of phrase to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of phrase from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «phrase» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

短语
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

frase
570 millions of speakers

English

phrase
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वाक्यांश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عِبَارَةٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

фраза
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

frase
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ফ্রেজ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

expression
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Frasa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kurzer Satz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

慣用句
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

문구
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tembung
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cụm từ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சொற்றொடர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वाक्यांश
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ifade
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

frase
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wyrażenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

фраза
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

frază
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φράση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

uitdrukking
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fras
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

uttrykk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of phrase

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PHRASE»

The term «phrase» is very widely used and occupies the 7.725 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «phrase».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PHRASE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «phrase» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «phrase» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about phrase

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10 QUOTES WITH «PHRASE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word phrase.
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John Abercrombie
Every time I listen back to solos of mine I'll hear something I like and then another phrase that I can't stand. You have to live with what you play. And the recording medium puts that on us. When I play live gigs I don't think so much like that.
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Mikhail Bakunin
A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
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Joel A. Barker
When most of us hear the phrase, 'survival of the fittest,' we assume it originated with Charles Darwin. It did not. The phrase doesn't exist anywhere in Darwin's first edition of 'Origin of the Species.'
4
Melissa Bean
But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase, usually directed elsewhere. Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound, but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility.
5
Samuel Beckett
All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.
6
John Berger
For the artist, drawing is discovery. And that is not just a slick phrase; it is quite literally true.
7
Sergey Brin
You always hear the phrase, money doesn't buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it's not really true. I got a new car because the old one's lease expired.
8
Charles D. Broad
When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word.
9
James Caan
My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.'
10
Julia Cameron
For most people, creativity is a serious business. They forget the telling phrase 'the play of ideas' and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PHRASE»

Discover the use of phrase in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to phrase and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The American Sign Language Phrase Book
This edition's new chapter on technology boasts 50 phrases to help you communicate about the Internet, computing, video relay, and more.
Barbara Bernstein Fant, Betty Miller, Lou Fant, 2008
2
Star Wars: Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide
A tool for space travelers in the "Star Wars" galaxy offers phrases in Huttese, Wookie-speak, and other alien tongues, along with an explanation of the development of the alien languages and excerpts from alien dialogue.
Ben Burtt, 2001
3
The Romance Writers' Phrase Book
Lists evocative phrases that can be used by novelists to describe people, body movements, facial expressions, voices, emotions, colors, thoughts, and memories
Jean Salter Kent, Candace Shelton, 1984
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Performance Appraisal Phrase Book: The Best Words, Phrases, ...
Featuring concise sections on how to write the evaluation, handle tricky legal issues, and verbally discuss the evaluation, this book also includes a directory of thousands of words and phrases appropriate for any type of written evaluation ...
Corey Sandler, Janice Keefe, 2003
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The Leader Phrase Book: 3000+ Powerful Phrases That Put You ...
Compiles phrases that can be used to properly convey respect and promote success in business, negotiation, or everyday life.
Patrick Alain, 2011
6
Easy Spanish Phrase Book: Over 770 Basic Phrases for ...
Contains more than 770 basic Spanish words, phrases, and sentences for travelers, grouped by category, and covering greetings, customs, tickets, transportation, dining, shopping money, and many other topics.
‎1994
7
Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
Presents key words and phrases to help travelers navigate through Italy and a bilingual dictionary.
Rick Steves, 2008
8
Berlitz Japanese phrase book & dictionary
Revisions continue on the world-renowned Phrase Book series that's been the companion for three generations of travelers. Berlitz Phrase Books go far beyond basic survival language skills.
‎1992
9
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
The answers to these and many more questions are in this fascinating book. Here in one volume you can track down the stories behind the names and sayings you meet, whether in classic literature or today's news.
Elizabeth Knowles, 2006
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Noun Phrase in the Generative Perspective
Biographical note: Artemis Alexiadou, University of Stuttgart, Germany; Liliane Haegeman, Angellier-Université Lille/CNRS, France; Melita Stavrou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Artemis Alexiadou, Liliane M. V. Haegeman, Melita Stavrou, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PHRASE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term phrase is used in the context of the following news items.
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Phrase of week: It's cool to korero
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) begins today and the theme for 2015 is Whangaihia te reo ki nga Matua - Nurture the ... «Wanganui Chronicle, Jul 15»
2
Nigh Inconceivably Stupid Would Be a Fair Phrase For Clinton's Tax …
The worst sectors of the worst recovery since World War II are business investment in new plants and equipment and new business start-ups. «New York Sun, Jul 15»
3
PATRICK BUCHANAN: Does the phrase 'a new Dark Age' describe …
PATRICK BUCHANAN: Does the phrase 'a new Dark Age' describe America's future? See it in Print. Saved. Save Article; My Saved Items. «Sioux City Journal, Jul 15»
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The Phrase One Sheriff Added to All of His Patrol Cars Has Atheists …
The residents of Stone County, Missouri, can expect to see something new — but very familiar — every time they spot a police car: the phrase ... «IJ Review, Jul 15»
5
Rupert Murdoch's Times argues right to use 'Irish edition' phrase
Times Newspapers, Rupert Murdoch's London-based newspaper outfit, argues that it is legally entitled to use the phrase “The Times Irish ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Rahman Dahlan remembers phrase 'once bitten, twice shy'
PETALING JAYA: DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua has been undermining the government even before the 13th general election and ... «The Star Online, Jul 15»
7
The Spectrum – Part 3 – using the phrase `on the spectrum`
It is well known that autism is a spectrum. But what isn't talked about much is what a spectrum itself actually is, and why autism is referred to as ... «Autism Daily Newscast, Jul 15»
8
Baahubali makers to remove controversial phrase from Tamil version
The makers of the movie Baahubali are planning to remove the phrase ` pagadaikku piranthavan ' from the movie. Karky said that they never ... «The Hans India, Jul 15»
9
Phrase insulting to Irish
While some might consider the phrase to be benign, people from an Irish background do not share that feeling and find it not just offensive but ... «Toronto Star, Jul 15»
10
NSFW phrase in ACC football guide steals the show at media day
The root of the amusement? A profane three-word phrase on Page 145 of the guide that somehow made it through the editing process. «Syracuse.com, Jul 15»

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