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noun plate pronunciation in American English /pleɪt/ 
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singularplate
pluralplates
  1. 1
    [countable] a flat round dish that you put food on

    Rinse the plates before putting them in the dishwasher.

    paper plates

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    1. a.

      plate

      or

      plateful

      the amount of food that a plate will hold
      plate of:

      a plate of French fries

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    2. b.
      American a complete meal or main part of a meal served on one plate

      This place has a good vegetarian plate.

    3. c.
      a flat round dish used for collecting money, especially in a church

      There will be a plate at the back for any donations.

  2. 2
    [countable] a piece of metal or a hard substance used for covering or protecting something
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    1. a.
      a piece of metal put into a part of someone's body to protect it

      Surgeons covered the wound in his skull with a metal plate.

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    2. b.
      a piece of metal used for covering something, or for joining two parts of something together

      Workers put a steel plate over the hole in the roadway.

      They welded a large plate to the side of the damaged ship.

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  3. 3
    [countable] a small piece of metal or plastic that is fixed to something and used for showing information such as someone's name or a number

    You can find the serial number on a plate inside the door of the refrigerator.

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    See also  license plate

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