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body

noun  /ˈbɑd·i/ us  

body noun (PHYSICAL CREATURE)

[C] the whole physical structure that is a person or animal: A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you keep your body healthy. [C] Sometimes body can refer to the main, physical part of a person or animal but not include the head, or not include the head and the arms and legs. [C] A body is also a dead person: Police found the man’s body in the next room.

body noun (MAIN PART)

[U] the main part of something such as a book, a large building, or a vehicle: Most scientists will be less interested in the body of the article than in the detailed notes at the end.

body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[C] a group of people who have joined together for a particular reason: Congress is a legislative body created to consider and pass laws.

body noun (AMOUNT)

[C] an amount of something: There is a growing body of evidence to support their innocence. [C] A body of water is a large area of water, such as a lake.
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