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noun [countable] medium pronunciation in British English /ˈmiːdiəm/
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  1. 1
    pluralmedia or mediums
    a way of communicating information and ideas, especially to a lot of people, for example newspapers or television
    Both broadcast and print media are carrying the story.
    medium for: Radio was the medium for family entertainment before television.
    medium of: The T-shirt has become a medium of advertising.
    1. a.
      a particular type of art used as a way of expressing ideas or feelings
      the popularity of video as an artistic medium
      medium of: Patients can express their emotions through the medium of drama.
  2. 2
    pluralmedia or mediums
    science a substance that something grows in, exists in, or moves through
    Sand and clay are added to produce the perfect planting medium.
    1. b.
      computing a substance or an object on which computer information is stored or printed
      You may distribute this data by disk, CD, or any other medium.
  3. 4
    [usually singular] something between small and large in size, especially a piece of clothing
    Have you got a medium in this style?
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