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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
their ancestral home


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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