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quarter

noun uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/ us    /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

quarter noun (FOURTH PART)

A2 [C] one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; ¼: He cut the orange into quarters. Under a quarter of people questioned said that they were happily married. My house is situated a mile and three-quarters from here.Fractions a quarter of an hour 15 minutes: I waited a quarter of an hour and then went home. I was there three-quarters of an hour. an hour and three-quartersSpecific periods of time a quarter to two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter of two, three, etc.) 15 minutes before two, three, etc.: It was a quarter to six when I left.Days and times of day a quarter past two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter after two, three, etc.) 15 minutes after two, three, etc.: I'll meet you at a quarter past five.Days and times of day [C] one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations, such as for profits or taxes: There was a fall in unemployment in the second quarter of the year. I get an electricity bill every quarter.Specific periods of time [C] one of four periods in a game of American football and other ball sportsAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsParts and stages of competitions

quarter noun (COIN)

B2 [C] in the US and Canada, a coin worth 25 centsNorth American money

quarter noun (AREA)

C2 [C] an area of a town where a particular group of people live or work or where a particular activity happens: This is the bustling commercial quarter of the city.Areas in towns and citiesEnvironments and localities

quarter noun (PEOPLE)

[C] one or more people who provide help, information, or a particular reaction to something but who are not usually named: Help came from an unexpected quarter. There is a feeling in certain/some quarters (= some people consider) that a change is needed.Groups of peoplePeople in general

quarter noun (PLACE TO LIVE)

quarters [plural] a room or house that has been provided, especially for servants or soldiers and their families, to live in: The army's married quarters are just outside the town.Houses and homes [C] Indian English a house or other place to live that has been provided by a company for an employee

quarter noun (FORGIVENESS)

[U] literary the fact of being kind towards or forgiving a person that you have defeated, especially by allowing them to live: We can expect no quarter from our enemies.Lenient and merciful

quarter

verb uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/ us    /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

quarter verb (CUT INTO FOUR)

[T often passive] to cut something into four partsSeparating and dividing

quarter verb (SOLDIER)

[T usually passive, + adv/prep] to send someone, especially soldiers, to live in a place: The soldiers were quartered with (= they lived with) local villagers during the war.Accommodating peopleThe armed forces generally
(Definition of quarter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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