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adjective premature pronunciation in British English /ˈpremətʃə(r)/
  1. 1
    happening too soon or before the usual time
    Alcohol is responsible for many thousands of premature deaths each year.
    It’s a little premature to talk about concluding a deal.
  2. 2
    medical a premature baby is born before it should be
    Nickie’s baby was eleven weeks premature.
    research to prevent premature births

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He was slightly below average height and prematurely bald.
The twins were born prematurely.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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