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English definition of “rumor”


noun [C/U] (Cdn Br rumour)    /ˈru·mər/
an unofficial , interesting story or piece of news that might be true or invented , and that is communicated quickly from person to person : [C] Rumors about her are circulating at school . rumored (Cdn Br rumoured)    /ˈru·mərd/ adjective [not gradable] The rumored plan to sell the company never actually took place .
(Definition of rumor noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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