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noun plate pronunciation in British English /pleɪt/
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singularplate
pluralplates
  1. 1
    [countable] a flat round dish that you put food on

    Rinse the plates before putting them in the dishwasher.

    paper plates

    1. a.

      plate

      or

      plateful

      the amount of food that a plate will hold
      plate of:

      a plate of sandwiches

  2. 2
    [countable] a piece of metal or a hard substance used for covering or protecting something
    1. a.
      a piece of metal put into a part of someones body to protect it

      Surgeons covered the wound in his skull with a metal plate.

    2. b.
      a piece of metal used for covering something, or for joining two parts of something together

      Workers put a steel plate over the hole in the roadway.

      They welded a large plate to the side of the damaged ship.

  3. 3
    [countable] a small piece of metal or plastic that is fixed to something and used for showing information such as someones name or a number

    You can find the serial number on a plate inside the door of the refrigerator.

    See also number plate

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