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noun [C] uk   us   /paʊnd/

pound noun [C] (MONEY)

A2 (symbol £) the standard unit of money used in the UK and some other countries: a one-pound/two-pound coin There are one hundred pence in a pound. They stole jewellery valued at £50,000 (= 50,000 pounds). "Do you have any change?" "Sorry, I only have a five-pound note.the pound (symbol £) the value of the UK pound, used in comparing the values of different types of money from around the world: The devaluation of the pound will make British goods more competitive abroad. On the foreign exchanges the pound rose two cents against the dollar to $1.52.
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pound noun [C] (WEIGHT)

B2 (written abbreviation lb) a unit for measuring weight: One pound is approximately equal to 454 grams. One kilogram is roughly the same as 2.2 lbs. There are 16 ounces in one pound. Ann's baby weighed eight and a half pounds at birth.
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pound

verb [I or T] uk   us   /paʊnd/
B2 to hit or beat repeatedly with a lot of force, or to crush something by hitting it repeatedly: I could feel my heart pounding as I went on stage to collect the prize. Nearly 50 people are still missing after the storm pounded the coast. The city was pounded to rubble during the war. He pounded on the door demanding to be let in. She was pounding away on her typewriter until four in the morning.
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