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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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