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noun mode pronunciation in American English /moʊd/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a particular way of doing something
    mode of: an efficient mode of production
    E-mail is becoming an increasingly popular mode of communication.
  2. 2
    [countable] one of a series of ways that a machine can be made to work
    in manual/automatic mode
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] formal a particular fashion or style of art, literature, clothes, etc.
    mode of: a novel written in the mode of a detective story
    He had no intention of changing his mode of attire.
  4. 5
    [singular/uncountable] informal a particular way of behaving or feeling, or a way of behaving or feeling that is appropriate for a particular situation or person
    in...mode: Don’t ask me anything about work because I’m in vacation mode.


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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