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machine

noun [C] uk   /məˈʃiːn/ us  

machine noun [C] (PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

A2 a piece of equipment with several moving parts that uses power to do a particular type of work: Eggs are sorted into different sizes by a machine. If I'm not home when you call, leave a message on the machine (= answering machine). Don't forget to put the towels in the machine (= washing machine) before you go out. I got some chocolate from a vending machine.

machine noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a computer: You'll need a powerful machine for editing videos.

machine noun [C] (VEHICLE)

informal a vehicle, often a motorcycle: approving That's a mean (= powerful) machine you've got there, Bill.

machine noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

a group of people who control and organize something: Churchill's war machine The party machine has swung into action with its preparation for the election. It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to restore the prime minister's image.

machine

verb [T] uk   /məˈʃiːn/ us  
to sew cloth with a sewing machine: I've almost finished making the curtains - I just have to machine the hem.
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