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noun language pronunciation in British English /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the method of human communication using spoken or written words
    Linguistics is the study of language and how people use it.
    language skills: They have no money, no home, no food, and no language skills.
    1. a.
      the style or types of words used by a person or group
      slightly formal language
      He was shocked at how crude their language was.
      bad/foul language (=language that might offend people): My kids have started using the foul language they hear on television.
      ordinary/plain language: In ordinary language, ‘larceny’ means ‘stealing’ or ‘theft’.
      spoken language: a comparison between spoken and written language
      strong language (=swearing): Mrs Beeson did not normally use strong language, and certainly not in public.
  2. 2
    [countable] the particular form of words and speech that is used by the people of a country, area, or social group
    There is a legacy of African languages in many parts of the Caribbean.
    English and French are the official languages of Canada.
    speak a language: An announcer spoke a language Richard had never heard before.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] signs, symbols, sounds, and other methods of communicating information, feelings, or ideas
    the language of dance
    the language of mathematics
    1. a.
      computing a system of instructions used to program a computer
      Which computer languages do you know?




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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