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animalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæn.ɪ.məl/

animal noun [C] (CREATURE)

A1 something that lives and moves but is not a human, bird, fish, or insect: wild/domestic animals Both children are real animal lovers. Surveys show that animal welfare has recently become a major concern for many schoolchildren.B2 anything that lives and moves, including people, birds, etc.: Humans, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals are all animals.
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animal noun [C] (BAD PERSON)

informal an unpleasant, cruel person or someone who behaves badly: He's a real animal when he's had too much to drink.

animal noun [C] (TYPE)

used to describe what type of person or thing someone or something is: At heart she is a political animal. She is that rare animal (= she is very unusual), a brilliant scientist who can communicate her ideas to ordinary people. Feminism in France and England are rather different animals (= are different).

animaladjective

uk   us   /ˈæn.ɪ.məl/

animal adjective (FROM ANIMALS)

made or obtained from an animal or animals: animal products animal fat/skins relating to, or taking the form of, an animal or animals rather than a plant or human being: The island was devoid of all animal life (= there were no animals on the island).

animal adjective (PHYSICAL)

[before noun] relating to physical desires or needs, and not spiritual or mental ones: As an actor, he has a sort of animal magnetism. She knew that Dave wasn't the right man for her but she couldn't deny the animal attraction between them.
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