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noun [countable] section pronunciation in American English /ˈsekʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    something, or a group of things, that forms part of a larger group
    section of: He condemned the campaign that is being mounted in some sections of the press.
    1. a.
      a part of a newspaper, book, or other piece of writing that may be considered separately
      The story was reported on the front page of the business section.
    2. b.
      a part of a legal document
      The court ruled under section 82 of the Land Registration Act.
    3. c.
      a part of a road or path
      That section of the highway is closed for repairs.
    4. d.
      a part of an object
      Only two sections of the original walls remain.
  2. 2
    an area within a place
    The frozen-foods section is in the back of the store.
    1. a.
      an area in a town or city
      section of: This section of town is mainly residential.
  3. 3
    a group of people that is part of a larger group
    section of: A large section of the population lives in poverty.


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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