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noun frequency pronunciation in British English /ˈfriːkwənsi/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the number of times that something happens during a period of time
    frequency of: Changes in sea temperature will increase the frequency of hurricanes.
    with increasing frequency (=more often): Accidents occur here with increasing frequency.
    1. a.
      the number of instances of something
      frequency of: We hope this treatment will reduce the frequency of heart disease.
      high/low frequency: Words with higher frequency are likely to have more complex behaviour.
    2. b.
      used for saying that something happens a lot
      We became suspicious of the frequency and size of his bank withdrawals.


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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