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noun [countable]     medium pronunciation in British English
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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. 3
    someone who claims to be able to communicate with the spirits of dead people
  4. 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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