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English

noun uk   /ˈɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/ us  
[U] the language that is spoken in the UK, the US, and in many other countries: American/British English Do you speak English?Language names
the English [plural] the people of EnglandNationalities

English

adjective uk   /ˈɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/ us  
in or relating to the English language: an English teacher an English translationLanguage names relating to or from England: English films/food/people English law Is she English?Nationalities
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