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adjective

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈædʒ.ek.tɪv/
A2 a word that describes a noun or pronoun: "Big", "boring", "purple", and "obvious" are all adjectives.
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adjectival
adjective uk   us   /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl/
an adjectival phrase
adjectivally
adverb uk   us   /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl.i/
In "kitchen table", the noun "kitchen" is used adjectivally.
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Translations of “adjective”
in Arabic صِفَة…
in Korean 형용사…
in Malaysian adjektif…
in French adjectif…
in Turkish sıfat…
in Italian aggettivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 形容詞…
in Russian прилагательное…
in Polish przymiotnik…
in Vietnamese tính từ…
in Spanish adjetivo…
in Portuguese adjetivo…
in Thai คำคุณศัพท์…
in German das Adjektiv…
in Catalan adjectiu…
in Japanese (文法)形容詞…
in Indonesian adjektiva…
in Chinese (Simplified) 形容词…
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