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noun charity pronunciation in American English /ˈtʃerəti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an organization to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who are poor or sick, or who need advice and support
    The March of Dimes is a registered charity.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] these organizations considered as a group
      raise something for charity: The show raised thousands of dollars for charity.
      give/donate something to charity: I donated the prize money to charity.
      a charity event/concert/gala: a charity event to raise money for the school
    2. b.
      [uncountable] money or food that is given to people who are poor or sick so that they can live
      Their plight is a miserable one, but they do not want charity.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] kindness that you show toward other people by not judging them or criticizing them too severely
    show charity (to someone): Steele showed no charity to his former friend and partner.


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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