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noun [countable/uncountable]     breakfast pronunciation in American English
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  1. the first meal you have in the morning

    What did you have for breakfast this morning?

    1. a.
      a meal consisting of the things people often have for breakfast, for example eggs or bacon

      Try our all-day breakfast – only $5.00!

    2. b.
      [only before noun] used about things you eat for breakfast or use at breakfast time

      breakfast cereal

      a breakfast bar

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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