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noun economics pronunciation in British English /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks/economics pronunciation in British English /ˌekəˈnɒmɪks/
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the study of the way that goods and services are produced and sold and the way money is managed
    Dillon studied economics at Manchester University.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to economics
      an economics teacher/student/class
  2. 2
    [plural] the conditions that affect the economic success or failure of a product, company, country etc
    The simple economics of the case are easy to explain.
    The new developments radically changed the economics of the newspaper industry.


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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