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adjective absolute pronunciation in British English /ˈæbsəluːt/absolute pronunciation in British English /ˌæbsəˈluːt/
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  1. 1
    [only before noun] very great, or complete: used for emphasizing an opinion, feeling, or statement
    The way they’ve been treated is an absolute disgrace.
    I have absolute confidence in her.
    You’re talking absolute nonsense.
  2. 2
    [usually before noun] measured in itself, not in relation to anything else
    Health spending has increased in absolute terms, but not as a proportion of national income.
  3. 3
    [usually before noun] true or right in all situations
    Do you believe in absolute moral values?


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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