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adjective major pronunciation in British English /ˈmeɪdʒə(r)/
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    [usually before noun] important, serious, large, or great
    Major roadworks ahead.
    a major factor: Age is a major factor affecting chances of employment.
    a major problem/obstacle: one of the major problems facing our planet
    major change: Further major changes were recommended by the board.
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      more important, more serious, larger, or greater than other things
      Our major concern is how to give everyone a fair chance.
      The major attraction is a huge clock in the entrance hall.
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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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