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English definition of “male”


adjective [not gradable]  /meɪl/ us  
of the sex that produces a natural substance that can make an egg develop into young: a male gorilla Male and female soldiers serve in the same units.
noun [C]  /meɪl/ us  
The target audience is young males 20 to 30 years old.
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