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noun [countable] element pronunciation in British English /ˈelɪmənt/
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  1. 1
    an important basic part of something complicated, for example a system or plan
    an important/essential element: Our new management system includes two essential elements.
    element in: Advertising is not the only element in the marketing process.
    element of: Fieldwork is a key element of this course.
    1. a.
      one set of people in a group or organization
      The article reflected the views of extreme right-wing elements in the party.
  2. 2
    chemistry a substance that consists of only one type of atom
    hydrogen, oxygen, and other elements
  3. 3
    [singular] a small but important amount of a particular quality or feeling
    element of: There is an element of truth in what she said.
    The element of surprise could be one of our best weapons.
  4. 6

    the elements

    [plural] the weather, especially wind and rain
    The hood provides added protection against the elements.


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