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noun [countable] tour pronunciation in American English /tʊr/
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  1. 1
    a trip in which you visit several places for pleasure
    tour of:

    We went on a 10-day tour of central Africa.

    walking/bus tour:

    walking tours in the forests of northern California

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    1. a.
      a trip in which a person or group visits several different places in order to play or perform
      on tour:

      The group is currently on tour in Europe.

      world/nationwide/overseas tour:

      They begin a world tour with four concerts in Brazil.

      leg of a tour (=one of the parts that a tour is divided into):

      The New England leg of the tour was canceled for lack of ticket sales.

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    2. b.
      a trip in which a politician or leader visits several places as a representative of their country or in order to get support

      The president plans a European tour next month.

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    See also grand tour
  2. 2
    tourism a short trip around a building or place in order to see what is there
    tour of/around:

    We were taken on a tour of the factory.

    guided/conducted tour (=a tour in which someone shows you around a place and gives you information):

    Every weekend there are free guided tours of the museum.

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    1. a.
      computing a journey around a website, which shows the user all the different areas or sections

      Take the tour to see how you can learn to speak Gaelic.

      Take a virtual tour of Venice.


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