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noun diet pronunciation in British English /ˈdaɪət/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the food that a person or animal usually eats
    Poor diet can affect the unborn baby.
    Try to eat a balanced diet.
    diet of: The bird has a diet of nuts and berries.
    1. a.
      [countable] a limited amount of food that someone eats because they are trying to become thinner
      Most of these diets just don’t work.
      go/be on a diet: I can’t fasten my jeans – I’ll have to go on a diet.
    2. b.
      [countable] a limited range of foods that someone eats to improve their health
      products suitable for a wheat-free diet
  2. 2
    [countable] the things that a person regularly sees or experiences, especially when these are of poor quality
    diet of: We are fed a diet of game shows and soap operas.


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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