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noun tradition pronunciation in British English /trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. [countable] a very old custom, belief, or story
    Native American culture and traditions
    Parents bring up their children in accordance with their own traditions.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] very old customs, beliefs, or stories, considered together
      According to family tradition, Mr Thomas was a teacher.
      be steeped in tradition: Their national sport is steeped in centuries of tradition.
      break with tradition (=not follow tradition): He broke with tradition and stood for a third term of office.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] an activity that happens regularly and has become the usual thing
      My extended family has a tradition of having reunions every summer.



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