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second

verb [T]     /ˈsek.ənd/
to make a formal statement of support for a suggestion made by someone else during a meeting so that there can be a discussion or vote: The motion was proposed by the club's chairwoman and seconded by the secretary. "I could do with a drink." "I'll second that (= I agree with you)!"Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting seconder     /ˈsek.ən.dər/ US  /-dɚ/ noun [C] specialized There was no seconder for (= person who was willing to support) the motion so it could not be debated.Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
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