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noun [countable/uncountable] summer pronunciation in American English /ˈsʌmər/
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  1. 1
    the season between spring and fall, when the weather is hottest

    He spent the summer in Paris.

    the summer of 1973

    in summer:

    This room is cold even in summer.

    early/late summer:

    The fruit will ripen in late summer.

    1. a.
      relating to summer

      a warm summer evening

      our summer vacation

      The museum is open to visitors in the summer months.

  2. 2
    literary a year, especially of someone’s age

    a man of some fifty summers



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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