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noun night pronunciation in British English /naɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the part of each 24-hour period when it is dark
    It was a lovely starlit night.
    all night long: It rained all night (long).
    at night: The parties usually take place at night.
    by night: Owls hunt by night.
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    1. a.
      the time when most people are sleeping
      I woke up in the middle of the night.
      spend the night: He spent the night in prison.
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    2. b.


      if someone works nights, or is on nights, they go to work at night
      Phil is working nights this week.
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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the time between the end of the afternoon and the time when people go to bed
    Most nights Jan helps the kids with their homework.
    last/yesterday night: Did you watch the football on TV last night?
    last thing at night: I usually drink tea last thing at night (=just before I go to bed).
    the other night (=a few nights ago): I went round to see her the other night.
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    1. a.
      [countable] an evening when a particular event takes place
      midsummer night
      The next quiz night is on Thursday 19 May.
      We’re looking forward to a night at the pub.
    2. b.
      [countable] a particular evening on which a play or concert is performed
      the opening night of Julius Caesar
      the last night of the proms
  3. 3
    spoken used for saying goodbye or good night when you leave someone at night
    Night, then! See you tomorrow!
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  4. 4
    [singular] literary a period of great sadness, failure etc
    the dark night of the soul



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