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noun youth pronunciation in American English /juθ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the time in someones life when they are young
    In his youth, he had traveled and seen much of the world.
    the energy/enthusiasm/innocence of youth
    relive/recapture your youth: The visit was more than just a chance to relive her youth.
    misspent youth (=time spent doing silly or bad things when you are young): Adults who choose to go to college in later life are perhaps making up for a misspent youth.
  2. 2
    [countable] a male teenager, especially one involved in violent or criminal activities
    a gang of youths
    1. a.
      [uncountable] young people in general
      Sport provides a way for the nation’s youth to express themselves.
      youth culture/unemployment/training


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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