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noun     season pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the four periods into which the year is divided according to the weather

    She likes to paint the changing seasons in the garden.

    My mood is often affected by the season of the year.

  2. 2
    [countable] a period of the year when a particular sport is played

    The cricket season starts next week.

    Johnson had three good seasons at the club before moving on.

    1. a.
      a period of the year when a sport that involves catching or killing animals is allowed
      the hunting/fishing/shooting season:

      The trout fishing season has come to an end.

  3. 3
    [singular] a period of the year when most people have a holiday
    the holiday/tourist season:

    It’s the peak of the holiday season, so the roads will be busy.

    1. a.
      a period of time during the year that includes a day that is traditionally a holiday

      We expect an increase in sales during the Christmas season.

      the festive season/the season of goodwill (=the period that includes Christmas):

      Are you staying with your family over the festive season?

  4. 4
    [singular] a period of the year when animals are sexually active
    the breeding/mating season:

    We studied the behaviour of toads during the breeding season.

  5. 5
    [singular] a period of the year when a particular type of weather is expected in some regions of the world
    the dry/rainy season:

    It should be well into the dry season when we arrive.

  6. 6
    [singular] a time when plants grow, or when they produce flowers or fruit
    the growing season:

    Tomato plants need to be watered regularly during the growing season.

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  7. 7
    [singular] a period of time when a particular event takes place

    This topic will doubtless be debated throughout the election season.

  8. 8
    [singular] a period of time when a series of films or television programmes are shown

    There is a short season of films by the French director Bertrand Tavernier.

    1. a.
      a period of time during which a play or a series of plays is performed

      The new season at the Ustinov Theatre offers a mix of shows.

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