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noun [countable/uncountable] American English pronunciation: apprenticeship /əˈprentɪsˌʃɪp/ 
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singularapprenticeship
pluralapprenticeships
  1. employment as an apprentice
    serve an apprenticeship (=work as an apprentice):

    At 16, he served an apprenticeship as a commercial paint sprayer.

    1. a.
      someone's early experiences in a particular type of work or activity

      She was elected party leader without serving the normal political apprenticeship.

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