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fat

adjective uk   /fæt/ (fatter, fattest) us  

fat adjective (BIG)

A1 having a lot of flesh on the body: Like most women, she thinks she's fat. I hate my fat thighs. He eats all the time but he never gets fat. thick or large: He passed me a fat envelope full of money. Some producers of mineral water have made fat profits.
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fat adjective (NO)

[before noun] informal UK used in some phrases to mean very little or none: A fat lot of use you are! (= You are not useful in any way.) He knows it upsets me, but a fat lot he cares (= he doesn't care).
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fat

noun uk   /fæt/ us  
[U] the substance under the skin of humans and animals that stores energy and keeps them warm: body fat Women have a layer of subcutaneous fat (= fat under the skin), which provides them with better insulation than men.B2 [C or U] a solid or liquid substance from animals or plants and used especially in cooking: This product contains no animal fat. vegetable fats
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Translations of “fat”
in Korean 살찐…
in Arabic سَمين…
in French gras, matière grasse…
in Turkish şişman, şişko, kalın…
in Italian grasso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大的, 胖的,肥胖的, 厚的…
in Russian толстый…
in Polish gruby, tłusty…
in Spanish grasa, manteca…
in Portuguese gordo…
in German das Fett…
in Catalan gras…
in Japanese 太っている…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大的, 胖的,肥胖的, 厚的…
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