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noun [countable] machine pronunciation in American English /məˈʃin/
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  1. 1
    a piece of equipment that does a particular job by using electricity, steam, gas, etc.
    Sue showed him how to operate the machine.
    by machine: These companies do everything by machine these days.
    1. a.
      a computer
      Put the disk in your machine and click on the “A” drive.
      Users will be able to upgrade their machines as necessary.
    2. b.
      an answering machine
      There’s a message on the machine for you.
    3. c.
      a washing machine
      Is it okay to put this shirt in the machine?
    4. d.
      a vending machine
      You can get a cup of coffee out of the machine.
    5. e.
      a cash machine
      He said the machine had swallowed his card.
  2. 2
    a person or animal that does something very effectively
    a fighting/killing machine: The lion is an efficient killing machine.
    a well-oiled machine (=a group or system that works well and easily): The team is a well-oiled machine right now.
    1. a.
  3. 3
    the people and things that are used for achieving a particular aim
    a money/propaganda machine: He criticized those who had turned politics into a “money machine.”
    the British war machine
    1. a.
      an organized system of people with power, especially in politics
      a political/party machine: The Democratic machine moved swiftly to deny the allegations.
  4. 4
    informal a vehicle, especially a motorcycle
    That’s a mean machine (=a beautiful vehicle) you’ve got there.
 

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