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noun [countable] unit pronunciation in American English /ˈjunɪt/
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  1. 1
    an individual thing that is part of something larger
    The sen is the smallest unit of Malaysian currency.
    1. a.
      one of the parts that an educational book or a school course is divided into
      Next week’s unit is on the digestive system.
  2. 4
    a family, considered as part of society or considered as a group of individual people
    the traditional two-parent family unit
  3. 6
    a standard quantity used for measuring something
    unit of: I needed two units of blood during the surgery.
    1. b.
      business a single example of a product that a company makes in large numbers
      By my calculation, the company needs to sell 10,000 units over the coming year to break even.
  4. 7
    maths a whole number less than 10
    Enter 17 by putting 1 in the tens column, and 7 in the units column.


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