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adjective [always before noun]     defining pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    a defining event or moment is one that decides everything that happens afterwards

    We are at a defining moment in our history.

  2. 2
    a defining feature or characteristic is one that is completely typical of something and allows it to be identified

    Tagging is one of the defining characteristics of Web 2.0 services.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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