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noun temperature pronunciation in British English /ˈtemprɪtʃə(r)/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] science a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is. Temperature is measured in degrees Celsius or degrees Fahrenheit, using the symbol °

    It's stopped snowing here but the temperature is still minus three.

    temperature of:

    The seeds need a minimum temperature of about 15°C to germinate.

    at a temperature:

    Make sure that you bake it at the correct temperature.

    air/water/ground temperature:

    The water temperature is 79°F.

    the temperature drops:

    Temperatures dropped below freezing last night.

    temperatures in the 20s/30s/40s etc:

    Southern England was today enjoying temperatures in the high 20s.

    the temperature rises:

    The temperature rose steadily throughout the day.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the measurement of how hot your body is

    What's his temperature?

    take someone's temperature (=measure it):

    She took his temperature and sent him to bed.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] the amount of excitement that people feel in a particular situation

    The temperature of the meeting steadily rose.

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