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noun share pronunciation in British English /ʃeə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a part of a total number or amount of something that is divided between several people or things
    Britain’s share of world trade had steadily declined.
    share in: He has no right to a share in profits.
    1. a.
      [singular] a part of the total amount of work or responsibility of several people
      share of: He does his share of the cooking.
      Jane has accepted her share of the blame.
  2. 2
    [singular] a reasonable or normal amount of something
    share of: We certainly had our share of good fortune.
    He has suffered more than his fair share of disappointments.
  3. 3
    [countable] business one of the equal parts of a company that you can buy as a way of investing money
    share in: The scheme allows employees to buy shares in the company.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to shares
      Share prices fell on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today.


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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