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noun box pronunciation in American English /bɑks/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a container with straight sides, a flat base, and sometimes a lid
    a stack of cardboard boxes
    Read the instructions before taking it out of its box.
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    1. a.
      the things in a box, or the amount that a box contains
      Jim gave us some chocolates, and we ate the whole box.
      box of: a box of matches
  2. 2
    [countable] a space on a printed form, in which you write
    Check the boxes that apply to you.
  3. 6
    [countable/uncountable] a tree with small shiny leaves that people grow especially around the edges of their yards
    a box hedge
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  4. 7
    [countable] informal a casket for a dead body
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  5. 8
    [countable] British a phone booth
  6. 10

    the box

    British informal the television
    Is there anything on the box tonight?


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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