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noun [countable] oven pronunciation in British English /ˈʌv(ə)n/
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  1. a large piece of equipment in a kitchen that you heat, usually with electricity or gas, to cook food in. An oven often has a grill in it

    Return the dish to the oven to heat through before serving.

    a hot/moderate/low oven

    Bake for 25 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature.

    preheat an oven:

    Preheat the oven to 220ºC, Gas mark 7.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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