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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: patch /pætʃ/ 
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singularpatch
pluralpatches
  1. 1
    an area that is different from what surrounds it

    Icy patches are likely on some roads.

    The male has a distinctive white patch on its tail.

    There were damp patches on the ceiling.

    patch of:

    We sat down in a patch of shade.

  2. 2
    a piece of ground, especially one where you grow fruit or vegetables, or where a particular plant grows

    the vegetable patch

    a patch of nettles/grass/scrub

    The 'lawn' was just a tiny patch of grass.

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