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noun curiosity pronunciation in British English /ˌkjʊəriˈɒsəti/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a strong feeling of wanting to find out about something
    curiosity about:

    All children have a certain curiosity about sexual matters.

    out of curiosity (=because of curiosity):

    Just out of curiosity, where were you last night?

    idle curiosity (=wanting to know something for no specific reason):

    ‘Why do you want to know?’ ‘Oh, just idle curiosity.’


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