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English definition of “cosmetic”

cosmetic

adjective (NOT REAL)    /kɒzˈmet.ɪk/ US  /kɑːzˈmet̬-/ disapproving
describes changes , etc. that 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 . → Synonym superficialFaking and pretending cosmetically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Faking and pretending
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