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  /stəˈrɪləti/ noun [uncountable]
British English pronunciation: sterility
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gig economy

an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment

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fake news

a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation

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