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English definition of “gear”


verb [always + adv/prep] (MAKE READY)   /ɡɪr/
to make something ready or suitable for a particular purpose : [T] Our program is geared to the needs of children .
(Definition of gear verb (MAKE READY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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