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noun [C] uk   us   /dɪˈvaɪs/

device noun [C] (OBJECT)

B2 an object or machine that has been invented for a particular purpose: a contraceptive/electronic device Rescuers used a special device for finding people trapped in collapsed buildings.
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device noun [C] (METHOD)

a method that is used to produce a particular effect: a literary/rhetorical device A trademark can be a powerful marketing device. [+ to infinitive] Her cool manner is just a device to avoid having to talk to people.

device noun [C] (BOMB)

a bomb or other explosive: an explosive/incendiary/nuclear device
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