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noun [uncountable] American English pronunciation: probation /prəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/

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    a system by which someone who has committed a crime is not sent to prison, but has to agree not to break the law again and to let a probation officer check their behavior for a specific period of time
    place/put someone on probation:

    She received a $3,000 fine and was placed on probation for four years.

    get/be given probation:

    Harris was given 18 months' probation.

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