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adjective tall pronunciation in British English /tɔːl/
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  1. 1
    a tall person or object has greater height than the average person or object
    a tall thin woman
    tall chimneys/towers/buildings
    He was much taller than I expected.
    grow tall: This tree can grow very tall in the right conditions.
    1. a.
      used for talking about measurements of height
      five inches/feet/metres/yards etc tall: He must be over six feet tall.
    See also high1


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noun [uncountable]


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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