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adjective uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/

major adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 [before noun] more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type: All of her major plays have been translated into English. Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay. There are two problems with this situation, one major, one minor. Citrus fruits are a major source of vitamin C. There has been a major change in attitudes recently. The United States is a major influence in the United Nations.
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major adjective (MUSIC)

[after noun] music belonging or relating to a musical scale that is generally thought to have a happy sound: the key of C major a concerto in A major

major

noun [C] uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/

major noun [C] (OFFICER)

(also Major) an officer of middle rank in the British, US, and many other armed forces: Her father was a major in the Scots Guards. Major Winters/Richard Winters [as form of address] Thank you, Major.

major noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

US the most important subject that a college or university student is studying, or the student himself or herself: What is your major, English or French? She was a philosophy major at an Ivy League college.

major

verb uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/
major in sth US B2 to study something as your main subject at college or university: She majored in philosophy at Harvard.
Translations of “major”
in Arabic مُهِم, كَبير…
in Korean 주요한…
in Malaysian besar…
in French majeur…
in Turkish ana, esas, büyük…
in Italian maggiore, più importante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 重要的, 較重要的, 主要的…
in Russian крупный, важный, мажорный…
in Polish podstawowy, ważny, dur…
in Vietnamese chủ yếu, lớn…
in Spanish mayor, principal…
in Portuguese principal, importante…
in Thai สำคัญมาก…
in German bedeutend…
in Catalan important, gran…
in Japanese 主要な…
in Indonesian besar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重要的, 较重要的, 主要的…
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