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art

noun [U]  /ɑrt/ us  
the making or doing of something whose purpose is to bring pleasure to people through their enjoyment of what is beautiful and interesting, or things often made for this purpose, such as paintings, drawings, or sculptures: ancient/modern art American/French/Japanese art an art museum/gallery An art is also a skill or ability: He never learned the art of saying "Thank you."
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