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number second pronunciation in British English /ˈsekənd/
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  1. 1
    in the place or position counted as number two
    the second of October
    This is the second programme in a series on rural health.
    He came second in the European championship this year.
    second largest/biggest/most important etc: Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city.
  2. 2
    in addition to the first one
    The bookcase needs a second coat of paint.
  3. 3
    next in quality or importance after someone or something that is the best or most important
    She was our second choice for the job.
    Gloria played second violin in the school orchestra.
    second only to: In terms of scoring goals, he’s second only to Davies.



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