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noun     English pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the main language that people speak in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and some other countries. There are different varieties of English, for example American English, British English, and South African English.
    1. a.
      this language and its literature as a subject that you study

      I studied English at college.

  2. 2

    the English

    [plural] the people of England. You use Englishman or Englishwoman to talk about one English person

    The English are often regarded as being cold and reserved.



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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