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noun sugar pronunciation in British English /ˈʃʊɡə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a sweet substance consisting of very small white or brown pieces that is added to food or drinks to make them taste sweet

    Do you take sugar in your coffee?

    white/brown sugar

    a spoonful/teaspoon of sugar

    1. a.
      [countable] the amount of sugar that is contained in a teaspoon

      How many sugars do you take?

  2. 2
    [countable] chemistry one of a group of sweet substances contained in plants, for example fructose or glucose
  3. 3
    [singular] mainly American spoken used for talking to someone who you like or love

    Come on, sugar, eat your dinner.

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