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adjective wild pronunciation in British English /waɪld/
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  1. 1
    a wild animal or plant lives or grows on its own in natural conditions and is not raised by humans
    The wild rose is a familiar sight in woods and hedges.
    This trait is common to both domestic and wild dogs.
  2. 4
    expressing or feeling strong emotions
    Hernandez entered the boxing ring to wild cheers.
    wild with: The noise drove him wild with terror.
    go wild: When Pascal scored, the fans went wild.
    1. a.
      exciting and enjoyable
      his wild student days
      They have some pretty wild parties.
    2. b.
      informal very enthusiastic
      wild about: He’s really wild about bluegrass music.
      I’m not wild about the idea.
  3. 5
    not accurate, or not considered carefully
    wild accusations/claims
    They make all sorts of wild promises, but nobody believes them.
    a wild guess: I don’t know, I’ll have to make a wild guess.
    1. a.
      not accurately aimed
      a wild throw/shot/pitch


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noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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