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noun     quarter pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] maths one of four equal parts of something
    quarter of:

    Over a quarter of our income goes on food.

    Nearly three quarters of the children were ill.

    1. a.
      one of four periods of 15 minutes that an hour is divided into when you are telling the time. When the time is 15 minutes after the hour, British people always say quarter past the hour and American people usually say a quarter after the hour. When the time is 15 minutes before the hour, British people always say quarter to the hour and American people usually say a quarter of the hour

      They arrived at a quarter past three.

    2. b.
      one of four periods of three months that the year is divided into, especially when you are talking about financial accounts

      The company’s profits fell in the third quarter.

    3. c.
  2. 2
    [countable] a part of a town where you find particular buildings, activities, or people

    the Chinese quarter of the city

    a house in the student quarter

  3. 3
    [countable] [often plural] formal a particular person or group of people
    in some quarters (=among some people or groups of people):

    Concern has been expressed in some quarters about this policy.

    from all quarters (=from all people or groups):

    He has won support from all quarters.

    from this/that quarter (=from one particular person or group):

    I knew there would be a lot of trouble from that quarter.

  4. 4
    [countable] British a unit for measuring weight, containing four ounces and equal to 0.113 kilograms
    quarter of:

    Can you buy me a quarter of ham?

  5. 5
    [countable] a coin that is worth one quarter of an American or Canadian dollar, or 25 cents
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  6. 6
    [uncountable] literary kind behaviour towards someone who you have defeated or someone who is under your authority
    give/get no quarter:

    Any man found breaking the rules would be given absolutely no quarter.

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