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slate

noun uk   /sleɪt/ us  

slate noun (ROCK)

[C or U] a dark grey rock that can be easily divided into thin pieces, or a small, thin piece of this used to cover a roofTypes of rockPrecious and semi-precious stonesRoofs and parts of roofsBuilding materials

slate noun (COMPUTER)

[C] (also slate PC) a small computer with a screen that you can write on using a special penComputer hardware

slate noun (FOR WRITING)

[C] in the past, a small, thin, rectangular piece of slate (= rock), usually in a wooden frame, used for writing on, especially by childrenSchools in generalPaper

slate noun (CHOOSE)

[C] US the group of people who are chosen by a particular party to take part in an election: The senator has not got a full slate of delegates in New York.Voters and Candidates in elections

slate

verb [T] uk   /sleɪt/ us  

slate verb [T] (CHOOSE)

be slated to be expected to happen in the future or to be expected to be or do something in the future: [+ to infinitive] Jeff is slated to be the next captain of the team. The election is slated for (= the chosen day is) next Thursday.Taking and choosing

slate verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

UK informal to attack by criticizing; to write or say that something is very bad: Her last book was slated by the critics.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

slate verb [T] (ROCK)

to cover a roof with slatesRoofs and parts of roofsConstruction work and workers

slate

adjective uk   /sleɪt/ us  
of a colour similar to slate: slate grey slate blueLess common coloursCommon colours
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