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noun majority pronunciation in British English /məˈdʒɒrəti/
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  1. 1
    [singular] most of the people or things in a group: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
    His job is to represent the views of the majority.
    majority of: The majority of our employees are women.
    the vast majority (=nearly everyone/everything): The vast majority had never travelled outside the United States.
    be in the majority: Young women are in the majority in the fashion industry.
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    1. a.
      [only before noun] connected with the majority of people
      the majority opinion/view: The majority view is that the bombing campaign is justified.
      a majority decision/verdict: We have to accept the majority decision.
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  2. 2
    [countable] the number of votes by which a person or party wins an election
    They look like securing another overwhelming majority.
    an overall majority (=more votes than all your opponents together): Reynolds won with an overall majority of 60 per cent.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the age at which someone is legally considered to be an adult, usually between 18 and 21 years old
    the age of majority
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