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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sentence:

condemnationconvictionsentencetime

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sentence:

doomsentencecondemn

Fun fact! The longest sentence in English literature contains 13,955 words. It can be found in The Rotters' Club, a novel by Jonathan Coe.

Fun fact! The shortest complete sentence in the English language is "Go".

Fun fact! The sentence "If it is to be ok, it is up to me to do it" has 14 words, but only 28 letters.

Fun fact! The sentence "this sentence contains thirty-six letters" contains 36 letters.

The word sentence is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sentence

What does sentence mean as a name of something?

Sentence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: sentences

  1. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
  2. (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
  3. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
    • example: his sentence was 5 to 10 years
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of sentence: prison term / time
    • more generic word: term = a limited period of time
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun sentence

noun

  1. [obsolete] One's opinion; manner of thinking. [definition 14th-17th c.]
  2. [context: now rare] Someone's pronounced opinion or judgment on a given question. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [dated] The decision or judgement of a jury or court; a verdict. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. The judicial order for a punishment to be imposed on a person convicted of a crime. [definition from 14th c.]
  5. [obsolete] A saying, especially form a great person; a maxim, an apophthegm. [definition 14th-19th c.]
  6. [grammar] A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop. [definition from 15th c.]
  7. [logic] A formula with no free variables. [definition from 20th c.]
  8. [computing theory] Any of the set of strings that can be generated by a given formal grammar. [definition from 20th c.]

Definition of the verb sentence

What does sentence mean as a doing word?

Sentence is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: sentenced | sentencing | sentences

  1. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
    • example: They want to sentence the prisoners
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of sentence: condemn / doom
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: convict = find or declare guilty

Alternative definition of the verb sentence

verb

  1. To declare a sentence on a convicted person.

Person

Who is Sentence?

Sentence is a musical artist, musician.

Music

  1. "Sentence" is a musical album of Silver Forest.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Sentence" is a musical EP of Olivier Gauthier.
    • released on (13 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Sentence: A sentence is a linguistic unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion. A sentence is a set of words that in principle tells a complete thought, although it may make little sense taken in isolation out of context. Typically a sentence contains a subject and predicate. A sentence can also be defined purely in orthographic terms, as a group of words starting with a capital letter and ending in a full stop.
    • also known as ประโยค (ภาษา), Tümce, Rečenica
  2. Sentence: In mathematical logic, a sentence of a predicate logic is a boolean-valued well-formed formula with no free variables. A sentence can be viewed as expressing a proposition, something that may be true or false. The restriction of having no free variables is needed to make sure that sentences can have concrete, fixed truth values: As the free variables of a formula can range over several values, the truth value of such a formula may vary.
  3. Sentence: In Western music theory, the term sentence is used in connection with musical spans towards the lower end of the durational scale; i.e. melodic or thematic entities well below the level of 'movement' or 'section', but above the level of 'motif' or 'phrase'. The term is usually encountered in discussions of thematic construction.

Phrases with Sentence

Phrases starting with the word Sentence:

  1. Sentence Case
  2. sentence adverb
  3. sentence stress
  4. Sentence Element
  5. sentence fragment
  6. sentence structure

Phrases ending with the word Sentence:

  1. Pro-sentence
  2. life sentence
  3. Death Sentence
  4. Fused Sentence
  5. loose sentence
  6. topic sentence
  7. run-on sentence
  8. simple sentence
  9. complex sentence
  10. compound sentence
  11. Compound-Sentence
  12. periodic sentence
  13. Mandatory Sentence
  14. Incomplete Sentence

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sentence

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Google previewThe Teacher (1872)

A sentence is a thought expressed in words. What part of...

Google previewAmerican Educational Monthly (1866)

"A sentence is an assemblage of words bo combined, as to assert un entire proposition." This rules out all sentences...

Google previewEssays on Anaphora (2012)

by H. Lasnik

A root sentence is a governing category for a governed element In both (95) and (96), each other is governed. Hence, the root sentence is a GC in each case, and the anaphor is not bound in that ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2014)

by Bas Aarts, Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

sentence adjunct 376 vague to be useful. However, attempts at rigorous structural definitions (as above) are not entirely satisfactory either. One reason is that not all sentences have a subject and predicate. For example, *imperatives usually ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

Sentence Adverbs 295 than a comma would. This use is discretionary. A comma would do, but the writer wants a stronger stop — e.g.: "There is never anything sexy about Lautrec's art; but there also is never anything deliberately, sarcastically ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

If the accused pleads guilty or is convicted, the judge determines what type of sentence the convicted person will receive. Options available to a judge include non-custodial and custodial sentences. Non-custodial sentencing options include : ...

Google previewDictionary of the Prague School of Linguistics (2003)

by Josef Vachek

see correlation of seminasals semi-sentence constructions (equivalents nominaux des phrases, nominale Satzequivalente, polovétne' vazby) '. .. semi—sentence constructions are not sentences ...

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Quotes about Sentence

""I am"" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that ""I do"" is the longest sentence? (George Carlin)
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Scrabble value of S1E1N1T1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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