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noun [countable] bag pronunciation in British English /bæɡ/
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  1. 1
    a container made of paper, plastic, or cloth, used for carrying or storing things
    Put your dirty washing in the plastic bag.
    He was weighed down by shopping bags.
    a golf bag
    1. a.
      a handbag
      Can I borrow your black bag for the party?
    2. b.
      [often plural] a suitcase or similar container in which you carry clothes and other things you need when you are travelling
      The customs officials may want to search your bags.
      an overnight bag
    3. c.
      the things in a bag, or the amount that it contains
      bag of: I’ve already used about half a bag of flour.



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