Clause - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klɔːz|  American pronunciation of the word clause
Brit.  |klɔːz|  British pronunciation of the word clause


- (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence
- a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will) (syn: article)


The sentence “When it rained they went inside” consists of two clauses: “when it rained” and “they went inside.”

I have endeavored to teach them to phrase and clause.

A confidentiality clause was added to the contract.

American clause

The phrase “that won” in “the book that won” is a relative clause.

In the sentence “The book that you ordered is out of print,” “that you ordered” is a restrictive clause.

The sentence contains the conditional clause “if she speaks.”

The clause “if she speaks” is a conditional.

An exceptive clause was introduced into the act.

This last clause sure slipped from him unawares.

His manager inserted a new clause into his contract.

There's a clause in the policy that I'd like to discuss.

A clause in the contract had been left purposely vague.

we can build in a special clause to make the contract better for you

an elastic clause in a contract

Word forms

singular: clause
plural: clauses
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