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knife

noun [C] uk   us   /naɪf/ (plural knives)
A1 a tool, usually with a metal blade and a handle, used for cutting and spreading food or other substances, or as a weapon: a fish/butter/steak knife I prefer to use a knife and fork. He drew/pulled a knife and stabbed her.
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verb [T] uk   us   /naɪf/
to attack someone using a knife: He knifed her in the back.
Translations of “knife”
in Arabic سِكّين…
in Korean 칼…
in Malaysian pisau…
in French couteau…
in Turkish bıçak…
in Italian coltello…
in Chinese (Traditional) 刀…
in Russian нож…
in Polish nóż…
in Vietnamese con dao, dao găm…
in Spanish cuchillo, puñal…
in Portuguese faca…
in Thai มีด, ดาบ…
in German das Messer…
in Catalan ganivet…
in Japanese ナイフ…
in Indonesian pisau, belati…
in Chinese (Simplified) 刀…
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