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noun [countable] lane pronunciation in British English /leɪn/
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  1. 1
    British a narrow road, especially in the countryside
    They live down a little country lane.
    1. a.


      used in the names of roads
      Petticoat Lane
  2. 2
    one of the parts that a wide road or motorway is divided into, marked by painted lines and intended for one line of traffic
    fast/slow/middle lane: I was stuck behind a caravan in the slow lane.
    inside/outside lane (=nearest to/furthest from the edge of the road): The outside lane is closed following an accident.
    bus/cycle lane: Are taxis allowed to drive in the bus lane?


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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