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  • adjective phrase — Gram. a group of words including an adjective and its complements or modifiers that functions as an adjective, as too openly critical of the administration. * * * …   Universalium

  • adjective phrase — Gram. a group of words including an adjective and its complements or modifiers that functions as an adjective, as too openly critical of the administration …   Useful english dictionary

  • adjective phrase — noun A phrase that collectively modifies or describes a noun or pronoun and which can usually be used both attributively and predicatively, can be graded, and be modified by an adverb. ;Examples , That house down the block is a hideous shade of… …   Wiktionary

  • Adjective — Examples That s an interesting idea. (attributive) That idea is interesting. (predicative) Tell me something interesting. (postpositive) The good, the bad, and the ugly. (substantive) In grammar, an adjective is a describing word; the main… …   Wikipedia

  • adjective — ad•jec•tive [[t]ˈædʒ ɪk tɪv[/t]] n. 1) gram. a member of a class of words functioning as modifiers of nouns, typically by describing, delimiting, or specifying quantity, as nice in a nice day, other in other people, or all in all dogs, and in… …   From formal English to slang

  • Phrase structure rules — are a way to describe a given language s syntax. They are used to break a natural language sentence down into its constituent parts (also known as syntactic categories) namely phrasal categories and lexical categories (aka parts of speech).… …   Wikipedia

  • phrase — phrase, idiom, expression, locution mean a group of words which, taken together, express a notion and may be used as a part of a sentence. Phrase may apply to a group of words which for one reason or another recurs frequently (as in the language… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Adjective — Ad jec*tive, n. [L. adjectivum (sc. nomen), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See {Adject}.] 1. (Gram.) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phrase — ► NOUN 1) a small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit. 2) Music a group of notes forming a distinct unit within a longer passage. 3) an idiomatic or pithy expression. ► VERB ▪ put into a particular form of words. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • Phrase — For other uses, see Phrase (disambiguation). In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words which form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A… …   Wikipedia

  • phrase — /frayz/, n., v., phrased, phrasing. n. 1. Gram. a. a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence. b. (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and… …   Universalium