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verb [transitive] cement pronunciation in British English /səˈment/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecementing
past tensecemented
past participlecemented
  1. 1
    to make a relationship, idea etc stronger or more certain
    The aim of the president’s visit was to cement relations between the two countries.
  2. 2



    cement over

    to cover a surface with cement
    1. a.
      to fix something with cement or a similar substance
      The gatepost has been cemented onto the wall.


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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