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noun [countable] sphere pronunciation in American English /sfɪr/
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  1. 2
    a particular area of interest, activity, work, etc. that is one of many parts of life
    the financial/political/scientific etc. sphere: Let’s take this debate out of the political sphere and into the public arena.
    Women were beginning to take responsibility for things outside the domestic sphere.
  2. 3
    a group in society
    cultural/social sphere: They moved in different cultural spheres.
  3. 4
    an area of responsibility or a type of situation over which a person or group has influence or power
    They knew not to interfere in matters outside their sphere of operation.
    sphere of influence: The economic boom has greatly expanded the U.S.’s sphere of influence.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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