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noun [countable] ancestor pronunciation in British English /ˈænsestə(r)/
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  1. 1
    someone who is related to you who lived a long time ago

    Her ancestors went to America with the Pilgrims.

  2. 2
    an earlier form from which something modern has developed

    a game that many see as the ancestor of basketball

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 ancestor pronunciation in British English /ænˈsestrəl/ adjective


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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