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English definition of “block”

block

noun (AREA)    /blɒk/ US  /blɑːk/
A2 [C] mainly US the distance along a street from where one road crosses it to the place where the next road crosses it, or one part of a street like this, especially in a town or city: The museum is just six blocks away. My friend and I live on the same block.Areas in towns and cities A2 [C] a square group of buildings or houses with roads on each side: I took a walk around the block.Areas in towns and cities round/around the block on the next street that crosses this street: He lives just around the block.Areas in towns and cities
(Definition of block noun (AREA) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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