phrase - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    linguistics a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression

    Several of those interviewed used the phrase ‘being one’s own boss’.

  2. 2
    linguistics a word or words that act as a unit in a clause, such as a noun phrase, a verb phrase, or an adjective phrase. For example in the sentence ‘This road can get very busy ’, ‘this road’ is a noun phrase, ‘can get’ is a verb phrase, and ‘very busy’ is an adjective phrase.
  3. 3
    music a series of musical notes that are part of a piece of music

    the long melodic phrases of Dvorak’s American String Quartet

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