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phrase

 
Noun phrase has 3 senses
  1. phrase - an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
    --1 is a kind of
    construction, grammatical construction, expression
    --1 has parts: headword, head word; modifier, qualifier
    --1 has particulars:
     noun phrase; predicate, verb phrase; prepositional phrase; pronominal phrase; response; catchphrase, catch phrase
    Derived form: verb phrase1
  2. phrase, musical phrase - a short musical passage
    --2 is a kind of passage, musical passage
    --2 is a part of
     tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase
    --2 has particulars: ligature; ostinato
  3. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
    --3 is a kind of saying, expression, locution
    --3 has particulars: ruralism, rusticism
    Derived form: verb phrase1
Verb phrase has 1 sense
  1. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate - put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
    --1 is one way to express, show, evince
    Derived forms: noun phrase3, noun phrase1, noun phrasing2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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