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language

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪdʒ/ us  
A1 a system of communication consisting of sounds, words, and grammar, or the system of communication used by people in a particular country or type of work: She does research into how children acquire language. Do you speak any foreign languages?" I'm hopeless at learning languages. the English language legal/technical language the language of business Java and Perl are both important computer programming languages (= systems of writing instructions for computers).
(Definition of language from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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