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parachute

noun [C] uk   /ˈpær.ə.ʃuːt/ us    /ˈper-/
B2 a piece of equipment made of a large piece of special cloth that is fastened to someone or something that is dropped from an aircraft, in order to make him, her, or it fall slowly and safely to the groundBalloons and parachutes

parachute

verb uk   /ˈpær.ə.ʃuːt/ us    /ˈper-/
[I usually + adv/prep] to jump from an aircraft using a parachute: The plan is to parachute into the town.Air sportsMoving downwardsFalling and dropping [T usually + adv/prep] to drop someone or something from an aircraft by parachute: [often passive] Thousands of leaflets were parachuted behind enemy lines.Moving downwardsFalling and dropping
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