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noun space pronunciation in American English /speɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an empty or available area
    We replaced the bathtub with a shower to create more space.
    Every space on the walls is covered with pictures.
    a confined/limited/enclosed space (=a small space): Their voices sounded loud in the confined space.
    space for: The nursery has space for 48 children.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the area that is available on a computer for storing information
      These applications don’t take up huge amounts of hard disk space.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] an area of land where there are no buildings
      What we really need is more green spaces in cities.
      open space: policies to protect, enhance, and create open space
    3. c.
      [uncountable] an area that exists in a particular part of a building
      a two-story building with 3,000 square feet of floor space
  2. 2
    [countable] an empty area between things
    Leave a space of about two feet.
    space between: You can grow seeds in the spaces between the plants.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] an area used for a particular purpose
    a parking space
    I only have a small working space.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the whole of the universe outside the Earths atmosphere
    man’s ventures into space
    a space mission
    in space: The crew have been living in space for over three months.
    See also seed1
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the area in which everything exists
    The idea that space and time were curved was still controversial.
    the changing positions of objects in three-dimensional space
  6. 6
    [uncountable] time and freedom to do things how and when you want, especially in your relationships with other people
    The children were given little personal space or privacy.
  7. 7
    [countable] a place on a form where you write something
    Write your name and address in the spaces below.
    1. a.
      the width of one letter of the alphabet when you are typing
      Move the cursor two spaces to the right.
    2. b.
      an empty area that you leave between words, lines, or paragraphs
      Leave one line space between the paragraphs.
  8. 8
    [uncountable] the amount of space that is available for publishing something such as an article or advertisement
    Newspapers also make money from selling advertising space.
  9. 9
    [singular] a period of time
    space of time: It was an amazing achievement in such a short space of time.
    in/within the space of: In the space of 36 hours, I had traveled halfway around the world.



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