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jar

noun [C] uk   /dʒɑːr/ us    /dʒɑːr/

jar noun [C] (CONTAINER)

B1 a glass or clay container with a wide opening at the top and sometimes a fitted lid, usually used for storing food: a jar of coffee/pickled onions a jam jar UK informal a drink of beer: We often have a jar or two at the pub after work.

jar noun [C] (SHAKE)

a sudden forceful or unpleasant shake or movement: With every jar of the carriage, the children shrieked with excitement.

jar

verb uk   /dʒɑːr/ us    /dʒɑːr/ (-rr-)

jar verb (SHAKE)

[I or T] to shake or move someone or something unpleasantly or violently: The sudden movement jarred his injured ribs.

jar verb (NOT PLEASANT)

[I or T] If a sight, sound, or experience jars, it is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone: The harsh colours jarred the eye. A screech of brakes jarred the silence.

jar verb (NOT RIGHT)

[I] to disagree or seem wrong or unsuitable: This comment jars with the opinions we have heard expressed elsewhere.
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