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noun [uncountable] discretion pronunciation in British English /dɪˈskreʃ(ə)n/
  1. 1
    the right or ability to make a judgment or decision
    at someone’s discretion (=according to someone’s judgment or decision): Shops will exchange unwanted goods entirely at their discretion.
    exercise/use discretion: Teachers must be allowed to exercise their own discretion in choosing suitable classroom materials.
  2. 2
    careful and sensitive behaviour that does not upset or offend people
    The investigation will be carried out with the utmost discretion.


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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