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noun article pronunciation in American English /ˈɑrtɪk(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of writing about a particular subject that is published in a newspaper or magazine

    He has written several articles for The New York Times.

    article on/about:

    We ran an article about her in our magazine.

  2. 2
    [countable] an object, usually one of a group of similar objects
    article of clothing:

    She left articles of clothing all around the living room.

  3. 3
    [countable] part of a legal document or agreement that deals with a particular point

    Article 180 states that one third of the members must be women.

  4. 4
    [countable] linguistics a type of determiner (=word used before a noun) that shows whether you are referring to a particular thing or to a general example of something. The indefinite article is “a” or “an” and the definite article is “the.”
  5. 5

    articles

    [plural] British the final part of the education of a professional person, for example a lawyer, during which they work for a company
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