tradition - definition and synonyms


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  1. [countable] a very old custom, belief, or story

    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.