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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.

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  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.

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  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?

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