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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.
    4. d.
  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.
      someone who works so hard at a particular activity that they have no time for other activities or for thoughts and feelings

      By the end of the evening I felt like a dishwashing machine.

  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.
  4. 4
    informal a vehicle, especially a motorcycle

    That’s a mean machine (=a beautiful vehicle) you’ve got there.



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