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noun [countable] tour pronunciation in British English /tʊə(r)/
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  1. 1
    a journey in which you visit several places for pleasure
    tour of:

    We went on a 10-day tour of central Africa.

    walking/coach/bus tour:

    walking tours in the Austrian Tyrol

    1. a.
      a journey in which a person or group visits several different places in order to play or perform
      on tour:

      The group is currently on tour in the UK.

      world/nationwide/overseas tour:

      They begin a world tour with four concerts in Britain.

      leg of a tour (=one of the parts that a tour is divided into):

      Stewart captains the team for this leg of the tour.

    See also grand tour
  2. 2
    tourism a short journey around a building or place in order to see what is there
    tour of/around/round:

    We were taken on a tour of the factory.

    guided/conducted tour (=a tour in which someone shows you around a place and gives you information):

    Every weekend there are free guided tours of the castle.

    1. a.
      computing a journey around a website, which shows the user all the different areas or sections

      Take the tour to see how you can learn to speak Gaelic.

      Take a virtual tour of Venice.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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