Definition of frame in English:



  • 1A rigid structure that surrounds something such as a picture, door, or windowpane.

    • ‘The door slammed against its frame and the room was quiet.’
    • ‘He put on some black leather gloves and studied the door, its frame and the nearby wall.’
    • ‘By then he had jemmied the frame from the shop door and was inside.’
    • ‘Being stone built, with treated timber window frames, the house will never need exterior decoration.’
    • ‘I've put the second base coat of paint onto the front door and the frame and that's now drying.’
    • ‘His mother stood in the frame of the kitchen door, hands on her hips and a grim expression on her face.’
    • ‘A second address in Birmingham was also raided, the entire door wrenched from its frame as police arrested three men inside.’
    • ‘Every building contractor made their own timber window frames and doors.’
    • ‘The first line of physical defense of your home should be solid doors in solid frames with good locks.’
    • ‘I am having the spouting, windows, doors and frames painted over the next month, so that is an expense that was unexpected.’
    • ‘You can change the glass in your windows without getting approval - but do need approval if you replace the frames or a door as well.’
    • ‘He has destroyed carpets, doors, frames and skirting boards in every room.’
    • ‘She rested her forehead on the frame of the open door.’
    • ‘The wooden window frames were finished in dark green, a standard mid-19 th-century colour.’
    • ‘Aluminum extrusions also enjoy wide use as frames for doors and windows and in storefronts.’
    • ‘As you can probably guess the kid didn't make it and unluckily got his head caught between the door and the frame.’
    • ‘I leaned against the frame of the door and held my head in my hands.’
    • ‘She gathered her courage and tapped at the frame of the screen door.’
    • ‘Seconds later, Toby knocked feebly on the frame of the screen door.’
    • ‘I slumped back against the frame of the classroom door and rubbed my eyes.’
    setting, mount, mounting, surround, fixture, support, stand
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    1. 1.1A metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses.
      • ‘He wore those late '70s style of eyeglasses, with the enormous, thick lenses and black frames as thick as copper tubing.’
      • ‘I was convinced there were no lenses in the frames and they were simply a distraction tactic.’
      • ‘Anyone needing glasses is fitted with frames and lenses before they leave.’
      • ‘Don't assume that people with light hued tresses should only wear light colored frames or lenses.’
      • ‘Usually made of plastic, the frames of these glasses practically stick to your face thanks to their shape and design.’
      • ‘Dave produced a pair of glasses with black frames.’
      • ‘You got to the opticians, put on some frames - with no lenses in - and look in the mirror.’
      • ‘His glasses were solid black frames with rather square lenses that gave a harsh professorial authority to his gentle blue eyes behind them.’
      • ‘Benefits include an eye exam every 12 months, a pair of prescription lenses and frames or contact lenses every 24 months.’
      • ‘Metal frames are sturdier, giving you a more masculine appearance.’
      • ‘Suddenly, my glasses looked too severe, squared black plastic frames with wide ear pieces.’
      • ‘The glasses will then be transported to prisons, where inmates are trained how to read lens strength, fix frames and label and package them for export to their destination country.’
      • ‘The trick though is of course finding the best pair of frames to complement her face.’
      • ‘Looking up, my eyes met two warm brown eyes peering at me through a pair of glasses with thin oval frames.’
      • ‘Customers not only get information on what eyewear accessories they want to buy, but will also receive advice on the frames and lenses best suited to them.’
      • ‘They have a thin metal frame with slightly tinted lenses for bright light absorption and 100 % UV protection.’
      • ‘Round frames can soften features like a strong jaw line or broad forehead.’
      • ‘People with blond or light brown hair tend to look good in lightweight metal frames.’
      • ‘With mineral crystal lenses, hand-made titanium frames, and silicone nose and ear tips, these glasses aren't for the thrifty.’
      • ‘All men should be aware of the impact a nice pair of frames can have on their overall image.’
      • ‘All the gold frame spectacles are separated, then lenses removed and frames sent away.’
    2. 1.2The rigid supporting structure of an object such as a vehicle, building, or piece of furniture.
      ‘the wooden frame of the huge bed’
      ‘an old bicycle frame’
      • ‘The Wakefield-based firm makes frames for glass-walled buildings and last year it was sold to a consortium of businessmen for £16m.’
      • ‘The mangled metal frames of what were once York phone boxes are testament to a new, and potentially lethal, craze.’
      • ‘The school had been one of the few two storey buildings in the village, and the hundred year old wooden frame shook when vehicles passed along the road below.’
      • ‘The town dump was situated there, and all sorts of oddments, like old bicycle frames could be found there.’
      • ‘Concrete use is also increasing in building with structural steel frames.’
      • ‘The delicate procedure saw a crane winch the wooden frame on top of the building before workmen set about ensuring every beam was in the right place.’
      • ‘The two pieces that compose the front half are joined and reinforced with a roof frame that surrounds them.’
      • ‘In the residential industry, some basement floors are cast before the frame of the building is installed.’
      • ‘Giant billboards have fallen; their rusted metal frames are bent like clay.’
      • ‘These cages are made of aluminum tubing with a steel frame, and the door is made out of thin aluminum.’
      • ‘The metal frames are removed once the walls are frozen solid which takes anywhere (in Quebec climate) from ten hours to three days.’
      • ‘For environmental reasons the structure has a wooden frame.’
      • ‘Most other timber-frame systems here use traditional masonry on top of the structural frame of the building.’
      • ‘Each section has its own ‘room,’ usually outlined by walls made of chain-link fencing on metal support frames.’
      • ‘Eastern woodlands and Great Lakes tribes created domed houses using lightweight stick frames covered by bark or woven mats.’
      • ‘The metal frames of the chairs were all that was left in the ashes of the bonfire.’
      • ‘The stools have metal frames and inverted steel ‘plates’ for seats.’
      • ‘The tarpaulin sheets for the roofs of the stalls went first, followed by the counter boards and finally the heavy metal frames.’
      • ‘The light alloy rear body is fitted with a canvas roof over a supporting frame.’
      • ‘One problem is that many buildings in Japan have wooden frames and tile roofs.’
      framework, structure, substructure, skeleton, chassis, shell, casing, body, bodywork
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    3. 1.3A box-like structure of glass or plastic in which seeds or young plants are grown.
      • ‘Some of the alpines are afforded a little protection from the winter wet, and netted cages have been built over nursery frames to prevent seedling damage from cats and birds.’
      • ‘Most came through the winter in a cool greenhouse, grew on in pots in a shaded frame for the following year and flowered the year after in their permanent positions.’
      • ‘I give the young seedlings some winter protection in a frame and leave them in the seed pot until spring when they can be potted on.’
      • ‘Once you have the frame constructed remove any weeds or grass inside the frame so this vegetation does not grow up through your propagation bed.’
      • ‘After he slid the pieces together, Ray stapled clear, heavy plastic to the top of the frame.’
    4. 1.4An apparatus with a surrounding structure, especially one used in weaving, knitting, or embroidery.
      • ‘Later, as fitted her new-found piety, she received such petitions at an embroidery frame.’
      • ‘One lady, a rucksack, two bags, an embroidery frame and a cactus went from Kent to Bow?’
      • ‘Students will use a small weaving frame to learn how to weave and work with wool.’
      • ‘Now the frame looms specially designed to handle the synthetic yarn have doubled the income of the weavers.’
      • ‘It was not until the invention of the frame for knitting stockings by William Lee in the year 1589 that knitted garments came to the fore.’
    5. 1.5archaic [in singular]The universe, or part of it, regarded as an embracing structure.
      ‘this goodly frame the Earth’
      • ‘For Newton there had once been a true uncorrupted monotheistic religion, in which the frame of the world had been studied, as he believed it should, as the true temple of a living God.’
      • ‘He has the voice that shakes the very frame of the universe and makes you wish to be unborn.’
      • ‘For we know that if the earthly frame that houses us today should be demolished, we possess a building which God has provided - a house not made of human hands, eternal, and in heaven.’
  • 2A person's body with reference to its size or build.

    ‘a shiver shook her slim frame’
    • ‘She does not look much more than a teenager with her slight frame and young face.’
    • ‘She was small, with a slender frame - built for speed rather than power, she thought impassively.’
    • ‘He sported a black tee, one that, Alex noted disgustedly, fit his tall, muscular frame snugly.’
    • ‘His clothes clung to his muscular frame and goosebumps ran over his entire body.’
    • ‘Her tall, slender frame was encased in a lavender satin dress devoid of sleeves.’
    • ‘A tall man rested his broad frame against the open door of the room.’
    • ‘She wrapped her arm around his waist and tried to support his large frame with hers as she helped him back to their building.’
    • ‘His combative language and his defiant shouting were full of bravado, and he had the large frame and muscular build to back up his boasts.’
    • ‘As a boy, he had never quite managed to fill out his long frame.’
    • ‘Soon, beer-bellied men will be squeezing their bulky frames into pieces of elastic and pulling on trousers two, or maybe even three sizes too small.’
    • ‘From behind, his slim frame and long hair make him look like one of the director's young assistants, rather than the mastermind of the £20 million film.’
    • ‘She wrapped her free arm around my waist, pressing her short frame along my body.’
    • ‘She closed the door behind his large frame, then leaned back against and closed her eyes, emotionally drained.’
    • ‘I sighed and reached for her, taking her into my arms and holding her tightly, as her slim frame shuddered and shook with the erupting tears.’
    • ‘Just then there was a knock on the door and a tall frame entered.’
    • ‘The pleading look on his face, the rags on his body and his emaciated frame move you so much that you immediately put a coin on the outstretched hands.’
    • ‘Despite his small frame, his body was strong and stout due to a healthy regimen of exercises he had maintained since his school days.’
    • ‘She stared at her thin slight frame in the mirror.’
    • ‘His giant frame swivels round searching for signs of insubordination.’
    • ‘When he crawled into bed with her, her slender frame warmed his body instantly.’
    body, figure, form, shape, physique, build, size, proportions
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  • 3[usually in singular] A basic structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text.

    ‘the establishment of conditions provides a frame for interpretation’
    • ‘This civil war scenario is offered up merely as a frame to the text, and as such it's almost too interesting.’
    • ‘The social scientist will almost certainly be aiming to place the interpretations that have been elicited into a social scientific frame.’
    • ‘These terms and concepts provide the frame for his thoughtful analysis.’
    • ‘The start of a new year provides a convenient frame for temporal measurement.’
    • ‘Nature is a destructive force whose influence provides the frame for human action and its causal consequences.’
    • ‘As well, we need to re-think our understanding of time, as the limitations of the nation state as an organizing frame blind us to different temporal rhythms.’
    • ‘He likes silence, ‘the perfect music in a way, musicians at best provide a frame, or a context for that,’ and requires it to relax.’
    • ‘One prime factor of the failure of the Indian working class movement was that upper caste bourgeoisie who never wanted to change the basic social frame mostly led it.’
    • ‘The point here is relevance within individual contextual frames.’
    • ‘We have a frame of political and economic agreements subscribed by the two countries that make any dealing easy and fruitful.’
    • ‘He says that we need such a policy to provide a frame for our national development strategies and our immigration policies.’
    • ‘The notion was of something disposable that provides a frame for perception and the experience of looking.’
    • ‘In turn, adults' choice of code varied by the language frame provided by the classroom teacher or school representative.’
    • ‘Their influence provides a frame for human action and its casual consequences.’
    • ‘I wanted them to think outside the frame of the text.’
    • ‘The theological mode ceases to provide the overarching frame.’
    • ‘With that comes a complete frame of concepts and ideas.’
    • ‘So there's every sign that the system responds within a frame of accountability.’
    • ‘Rather, religious metaphor is a frame through which we represent and understand sport and sportspeople.’
    • ‘To me, the ability to feel comfortable with power over the lives of others is not part of life's basic frame.’
    structure, framework, context
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    1. 3.1technical
    2. 3.2archaic [in singular]The structure, constitution, or nature of someone or something.
      ‘we have in our inward frame various affections’
      • ‘It distorts our inward frame, and unsettles the adjustments of our minds.’
      • ‘The werewolf could be a benign individual, trapped within a bestial frame.’
      • ‘Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.’
      • ‘It assumed this flesh in the same way that the blood vessels provide a frame for the flesh and carry the blood, yet are not themselves blood.’
      • ‘Whatever be our inward frame, we are apt to perceive a wonderful congeniality in the world without us.’
  • 4Linguistics
    A structural environment within which a class of words or other linguistic units can be correctly used. For example I —— him is a frame for a large class of transitive verbs.

    • ‘Nor does the effect appear to be limited to the RSVP of repeated words in sentence frames.’
    • ‘The use of the linguistic frame ‘as A said to B’ is therefore potentially infinitely productive, even if examples are ephemeral, singular, and difficult to collect.’
    • ‘Correct capitalization could help German readers extract the structural frame of a sentence.’
    • ‘It would be a shame for the only analysis of political rhetoric to be in terms of frames, metaphors and word choices, as interesting as those topics are.’
    • ‘Of course specific words and phrases evoke (aspects of) specific frames.’
    1. 4.1A feature which marks a transition from one section of discourse to another.
      ‘frames are realized by linguistic items such as ‘well’, ‘right’, and ‘OK’’
      • ‘Frames, such as OK, So, Well, and Now, uttered with a high-fall intonation contour and preceded and followed by a pause, serve to mark closure of old topics and introduction of new ones.’
      • ‘Use frames such as ‘What if…’ and ‘Wouldn't it be nice if…’ amongst others, and as you play with those thoughts they'll become more familiar and more believable.’
    2. 4.2A section of a discourse separated by a frame.
      ‘pragmatically asides step back from the ongoing interpretative frame’
      • ‘Conversely, interactional difficulties may lead to an unexpected shift in frame and discourse type.’
      • ‘She remarks transitions from one frame to the next, rendering repetitive elements caught from slightly different points of view.’
    3. 4.3(in semantics) an underlying conceptual structure into which the meanings of a number of related words fit.
      ‘the frame of verbs of perception’
      • ‘There are two basic differences, however, between the case frame of verbs of motion and that of verbs of transfer.’
      • ‘Hence, the phonological frame of verbs is a proper subset of the phonological frame of nouns in Dutch.’
    4. 4.4A social context determining the interpretation of an utterance.
      ‘an utterance may mean the opposite of what it says if used within a frame of teasing’
      • ‘The ‘play’ frame, like the related frame of ‘humor,’ brackets an encounter, setting it apart from ongoing, more ‘serious’ life.’
      • ‘In a somewhat joking frame, Mr. Morris quipped, ‘He is skilled at aggravating us and producing tension in the household.’’
      • ‘A dialogue, based to an extent on differing interpretations and differing frames for reading situations, has emerged.’
      • ‘For example, the utterance ‘Nice shirt’ between two friends will have one meaning in the chatting frame as opposed to the teasing frame.’
      • ‘Conversational humour involves the establishment of a ‘play frame’.’
  • 5A single complete picture in a series forming a cinema, television, or video film.

    ‘video footage slowed down to 20 frames a second’
    • ‘Not a frame of film is wasted, with each episode launching almost immediately into action.’
    • ‘Moreover, the prose-poem form itself, with its blocklike arrangement of print, mimics a frame of film or a movie screen.’
    • ‘But director Snyder has paced this movie right and the intensity builds from the first frame to the last.’
    • ‘Apparently, the filmmakers realized how incredibly fake their ghouls looked, so they decided to never show them onscreen for more than five frames of film.’
    • ‘But I finished it on a computer that could do sixty frames per second.’
    • ‘If you see a particular frame of a television show a quarter of a second later than your neighbor, no one's the wiser.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid that anyone should have a free second or film frame devoid of musical accompaniment.’
    • ‘Every single beautiful frame of this film is romantically and emotionally charged.’
    • ‘The next generation of phones, however, will support 15 frames per second.’
    • ‘You can pause the movie on any frame to see that individual picture.’
    • ‘At the end of the film, the frame freezes and the lead actors real names and character names appear one at a time.’
    • ‘It would seem, in fact, that not a single frame of film has been left on the cutting room floor.’
    • ‘Hell, you've got to know your ending before you start shooting a single frame of film.’
    • ‘Crisper editing probably would have helped, but the filmmakers apparently were reluctant to lose a single frame of Murphy in makeup.’
    • ‘It is very informative, and Jeck obviously knows every frame of this picture.’
    • ‘Each of the 110,000 frames of film that comprise the movie has to be treated as an individual shot.’
    • ‘These still images were edited together digitally, the video edited frame by frame to produce movement and rhythms.’
    • ‘It is a marketing strategy in search of a movie, the promotional campaign for which was in all likelihood decided upon before a single frame of film had been shot.’
    • ‘Even in the final frames of the film, in which there is no dialogue, Moreno's natural acting talent is evident, bringing the film to a strong conclusion.’
    • ‘Throughout the latter quarter of the 20th century, the iconic image came from frames of video footage.’
    1. 5.1A single picture in a comic strip.
      • ‘‘They still can be heroes, even without superpowers,’ the Man of Steel tells a crowd of adults and children in the last frame of the comic book’
      • ‘But Roy would take a single frame from a cartoon or comic strip and turn it into an entire painting.’
      • ‘The comic strip ends with a frame featuring an aged Bible John wandering the streets of Glasgow in the present day.’
      • ‘Then, in the comic's final frame, Cathy says, ‘At least we'll always have the prints.’’
    2. 5.2Computing A graphic panel in a display window, especially in a web browser, which encloses a self-contained section of data and permits multiple independent document viewing.
      • ‘If, like most people, you're using a graphical browser, after login you see two frames.’
      • ‘Even if users do click on an offer, they're never far from the site, since the new page opens up within the current frame.’
      • ‘To navigate the review simply click on the section headings in the frame above.’
      • ‘Users especially like the idea that the result list is constantly available within the left frame.’
      • ‘The overall layout of the scroll bars and the way the frames are displayed is very impressive.’
  • 6The triangular structure for positioning the red balls in snooker.

    • ‘This trophy, made of Waterford Crystal and in the shape of a snooker frame triangle, is a new one because the previous cup was sponsored by a tobacco company and their link with sport ended two seasons ago.’
    • ‘They began going through the motions of playing snooker, putting the balls in the frame, going off, potting the colours, snookering each other and marking the scores.’
    • ‘If, however, you are using the basic triangular frame, you should place it over the reds as earlier described, and lift the frame slightly off the cloth and carefully move them toward the pink spot.’
    1. 6.1A single game of snooker.
      ‘Jones won the first four frames’
      • ‘The couple were back home on Saturday and for club regulars it was an average lunchtime - playing a few frames of snooker, watching the football on Sky and sinking a pint or two.’
      • ‘Body language experts could have a field day at the Crucible observing players' behaviour between frames.’
      • ‘By the end of the second session, the 2002 world champion was four frames adrift of his opponent.’
      • ‘More than 680 frames of top-flight snooker were played in 47 matches over 12 days in York last year.’
      • ‘Hunter then extended his lead to four frames by winning the last of the session with two breaks of 35.’


  • 1Place (a picture or photograph) in a frame.

    ‘he had had the photo framed’
    • ‘Have them framed in vintage style frames for a striking effect.’
    • ‘Notably, only a few photographs were framed and hung.’
    • ‘Experts agree the original should be kept in an acid-free photo album in the dark while copies of the photograph are framed.’
    • ‘In one, students calculated how much framing material was required to frame several pictures.’
    • ‘These pictures were framed or tipped into yearbooks, hung throughout the clubhouse of the moment, or shelved in a library.’
    • ‘We need them in and developed, mounted and framed by Friday.’
    • ‘Anyway, on the way home I found the perfect bid of beading (that's like thin timber) to frame a picture I painted on cardboard.’
    • ‘She frequently hires Tucker to mount and frame art images she finds in publications and on postcards.’
    • ‘These images were frequently collected and framed by readers.’
    • ‘That is their main purpose, but saving just one of them to be framed or placed in a memory album/scrapbook will create a lasting souvenir of the occasion.’
    • ‘She must have been extra special since you framed her picture and put it in your room.’
    • ‘A number of pictures were framed and presented to schools.’
    • ‘Finally, the images are dry-mounted and framed to his specifications.’
    • ‘Tammy and Greg's wedding picture was framed and hung perfectly on the walls.’
    • ‘She framed a picture of Marissa and him from when they were small.’
    • ‘My first step was to cut the print into six pieces so each image could be framed individually.’
    • ‘Try writing her a poem, painting a picture, composing a song, framing a picture, washing the dishes for her or simply spending the day in her company.’
    • ‘She had already framed a picture of her and Logan dancing and it sat on her desk.’
    • ‘Whenever you buy a book or frame a picture for someone else, write a kind note to the recipient on the flap or the back.’
    • ‘Emmie framed new pictures of them monthly down the hallway of their house.’
    mount, set in a frame
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    1. 1.1Surround so as to create a striking or attractive image.
      ‘a short style cut to frame the face’
      • ‘An L-shaped block of yellow on the left nicely frames the page.’
      • ‘There are many exquisite details, carved doorways, potted plants framed by shaded windows.’
      • ‘The narrow painted borders create a portal or threshold that frames the interior to give the illusion of deep space, a familiar painting convention.’
      • ‘The idea was to open and frame attractive views of the historic buildings.’
      • ‘He lay in bed looking out of that window, seeing the bougainvillea frame a picture of two golfers at the fifth tee.’
      • ‘Again, in the background, one can make out a type of building, and the entire picture is framed by many trees, as opposed to the two trees in the previous picture.’
      • ‘With a charming face framed by curly hair, she soon became a star.’
      • ‘At the Music Center, another sculpture by Graham, an open bronze door, frames city hall like a formal portrait.’
      • ‘Her violet eyes were framed by long lashes.’
      • ‘Her luscious hair hung about her neck and shoulders, framing an attractive face.’
      • ‘As soon as she saw the bright, cheerful face, framed by soft blond curls, she giggled.’
      • ‘This beautiful, decrepit city is at its most breathtaking at night, when thousands of lights of the houses on the surrounding hills frame and light up the bay.’
      • ‘Her hair was perfectly framing her face and her fit body was tastefully dressed in a sleek black dress.’
      • ‘Fake crystal chandeliers sparkled above the stage and the performance space was framed by red valour curtains.’
      • ‘Even the gate is a work of art; the rose-covered metal arbor and upward-arching gate create a circle that frames attractive views.’
      • ‘There, the city is framed by the mountains, but not overwhelmed by them.’
      • ‘Her brown hair fell in silky waves, the curls artfully framing her face.’
      • ‘Iranian women are known for large eyes framed by thick eyelashes, and dark, shapely eyebrows.’
      • ‘Moving images, including those framed by car windows, give us the possibility of seeing landscape as variable rather than fixed, as in landscape paintings.’
      • ‘Shocked, she stops, gathers her robe and advances just a bit, to be framed perfectly in the doorway.’
  • 2Formulate (a concept, plan, or system)

    ‘staff have proved invaluable in framing the proposals’
    • ‘Their focus is on framing the public policy agenda rather than creating useful public policy initiatives.’
    • ‘He and his organisation have clout in framing policy and legislation.’
    • ‘When the Constitution was framed in 1787, setting out the law of the United States, it involved compromise between North and South and permitted slavery.’
    • ‘You are not entrusting the new government the responsibility to frame its own policies in our democratic model.’
    • ‘What are the arguments and positions needed to formulate and frame the ensuing public policy debate?’
    • ‘Against this backdrop of anarchy and violence, politicians attempting to frame the country's new democracy are floundering.’
    • ‘Mr Davern is waiting for the report of the Organic Development Committee, whose recommendations will form the basis for framing policy on organic farming.’
    • ‘The court has asked the Welfare Commissioner to frame a policy of disbursement in two weeks.’
    • ‘At the same time, European Union foreign ministers agreed there was much still to be done and that all groups must be included in framing a constitution.’
    • ‘The major reported sticking point is the manner in which a profit-sharing formula is to be framed.’
    • ‘The original treaty and policies were framed to accommodate the concerns of the founding states, particularly France and Germany.’
    • ‘That's the basis on which we shall frame our policy for the next general election.’
    • ‘No definite plans were framed for areas outside the capital, but the minister indicated the same principle could be extended nationwide if the Dublin experiment succeeds.’
    • ‘I have been heavily involved in framing the strategy over the last ten years so this does not signal any change in that.’
    • ‘As an apolitical forum, it should play a key role in framing agricultural policies.’
    • ‘Indeed it has been said, rather unkindly, this scheme was framed especially to benefit Ireland's jockeys.’
    • ‘We need to remind ourselves in framing our policies that luck, rather than virtue, is one of the great determinants of life.’
    • ‘It is quite another when he is framing his policy as he has to be responsible to the people and, as such, must be realistic.’
    • ‘This is the first round in framing a recovery plan for fish supplies.’
    • ‘Your input has helped us frame a policy that will enable us to better serve our diverse community of users around the world.’
    formulate, draw up, plan, draft, map out, sketch out, work out, shape, compose, put together, arrange, form, devise, create, establish, conceive, think up, hatch, originate, orchestrate, engineer, organize, coordinate
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    1. 2.1Form or articulate (words)
      ‘he walked out before she could frame a reply’
      • ‘In Bakhtin's view, people frame their speech according to the reactions they hope to produce or the impression they want to make.’
      • ‘Yet much of the debate over civil liberties in wartime has, to this point, been framed in all-or-nothing terms.’
      • ‘Daniel hesitated, trying to frame his words in the nicest possible way.’
      • ‘Charles, perhaps you could frame this in terms of the business issues.’
      • ‘The arguments were framed in a very academic fashion.’
      • ‘Instead, you need to frame and word your question precisely to get what you want.’
      • ‘You would definitely frame your words in your own way and pray to the Lord for me.’
      • ‘For far too many on the left the issue gets framed as a dispute between civil rights and individual rights, with civil rights having the trump card.’
      • ‘The debate is framed very differently on the two sides of the Atlantic.’
      • ‘He was nevertheless forced to frame his words welcoming the move carefully, to ensure that his political enemies were not given any ammunition they could use against him.’
      • ‘I am not a supporter of the censorship of any voice, but I do believe the dialogue must be framed respectfully.’
      • ‘Conventional explanations of the high cost of space tend to be framed in terms of the laws of physics.’
      • ‘Nor does he bother with minor matters: his interest is only in the larger issues, so it pays to frame questions accordingly.’
      • ‘The words were not framed in that rhetorical and hopeless way they often are following news of a tragedy.’
      • ‘A series of Gallup polls from 1982 to 2001 reveal similar findings (although the question was framed differently).’
      • ‘Arguments framed in terms of fear may easily be represented as irrational and therefore illegitimate in terms of political debate.’
      • ‘All this is true, of course, but framed in quite an amazingly radical way.’
      • ‘That is why the attack on Britain's rebate has been framed in terms of concern that the poorer EU entrants should not be asked to pay money to one of the richest European nations.’
      • ‘But it is the environmentalists who have been most successful in getting the debate framed in words that suit them.’
      • ‘It is true that Perelman did not frame his idea in political and critical terms, and that he may have been surprised to see it appropriated in such a way.’
    2. 2.2archaic Make or construct (something) by fitting parts together or in accordance with a plan.
      ‘what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?’
      • ‘A great number of men join in building a house or ship, in rearing a city, in framing a commonwealth: Why may not several Deities combine in contriving and framing a world?’
      • ‘The Puritans - who sought to frame their lives according to God's Word and were Edwards' spiritual forebears - wrote a great deal about this subject.’
      • ‘Sweet boy, thou art too young and too honest to cope with women, who were framed by the Creator to deceive.’
      • ‘If he allows that God framed the universe, why not allow that God manages it?’
      • ‘Tyger, Tyger, burning bright In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?’
  • 3informal Produce false evidence against (an innocent person) so that they appear guilty.

    ‘he claims he was framed’
    • ‘You don't know what it's like to be framed for a murder!’
    • ‘He claimed another criminal who ran a cannabis farm with Taylor was behind the killing, but that detectives manipulated evidence to frame him.’
    • ‘I cannot believe I've been framed for a crime I didn't commit.’
    • ‘David can't tell Keith what he knows about the murder because he doesn't want to tell him that there's been evidence planted that frames Keith.’
    • ‘But the 75-year-old man says the army and police are framing him.’
    • ‘They framed an innocent guy and sent him to death row for murder.’
    • ‘The administration is trying to frame a guilty man and lead a lynch mob to execute him.’
    • ‘Sam had figured out that Brigid, in a plan to frame Thursby, had drawn Archer into the alleyway and killed him with Thursby's weapon.’
    • ‘Although it was revealed during the trial that he was a drug smuggler, he was also a gun-obsessed thug who repeatedly claimed the police framed him for violence and sex offences.’
    • ‘Informers have been caught framing innocent people.’
    • ‘Is he guilty or has he been framed by radical right-wingers?’
    • ‘As the story is revealed, Bloom begins to develop a need to peel away the veneer surrounding his incarceration, becoming adamant that he has been framed.’
    • ‘Nobody will be surprised to learn, I assume, that recent scholarship indicates he was framed.’
    • ‘Payne is framed again for a crime he didn't commit.’
    • ‘He later learns that he was framed and unjustly imprisoned.’
    • ‘He claims that he was framed and that he was innocent.’
    • ‘He concludes that conspiracy theories about wills and a police attempt to frame Slater were nonsense, but the true killer may never be known.’
    • ‘He'd heard it all before - another murder convict claiming he was framed.’
    • ‘He is then framed for a murder and is forced to go on the run, being chased by spies and the police.’
    • ‘Soon they are trying to piece together why they were framed and how to escape from their life of imprisonment!’
    falsely incriminate, fabricate charges against, fabricate evidence against, entrap
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Old English framian ‘be useful’, of Germanic origin and related to from. The general sense in Middle English, ‘make ready for use’, probably led to frame; it also gave rise to the specific meaning ‘prepare timber for use in building’, later ‘make the wooden parts (framework) of a building’, hence the noun sense ‘structure’( late Middle English).