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noun [countable] tool pronunciation in British English /tuːl/
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  1. 1
    a piece of equipment, usually one that you hold in your hand, that is designed to do a particular type of work
    kitchen/gardening/dental tools
    a set of tools
    See also machine tool
  2. 2
    something that you use in order to perform a job or to achieve an aim
    tool of: Speech is a tool of communication.
    a tool for: These sales forecasts are an extremely useful tool for management.
    tool for doing something: Words are essential tools for formulating and communicating thoughts.

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