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cosmetic

noun uk   /kɒzˈmet.ɪk/ us    /kɑːzˈmet̬-/
cosmetics [plural] substances that you put on your face or body that are intended to improve your appearance: We sell a wide range of cosmetics and toiletries at a very reasonable price.

cosmetic

adjective uk   /kɒzˈmet.ɪk/ us    /kɑːzˈmet̬-/

cosmetic adjective (NOT REAL)

disapproving Corrective changes, etc. are intended to make you believe that something is better when, really, the problem has not been solved: They were offered a few cosmetic improvements to their working conditions, but nothing of significance.
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cosmetic adjective (IMPROVING)

[before noun] used to refer to substances or treatments that are intended to improve your appearance: a cosmetic cream
cosmetically
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ us  
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