Meaning of CLAUSE in English

CLAUSE

/ klɔːz; NAmE / noun

1.

( grammar ) a group of words that includes a subject and a verb, and forms a sentence or part of a sentence :

In the sentence 'They often go to Italy because they love the food', 'They often go to Italy' is the main clause and 'because they love the food' is a subordinate clause.

2.

an item in a legal document that says that a particular thing must or must not be done

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : via Old French clause , based on Latin claus- shut, closed, from the verb claudere .

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