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society

noun (PEOPLE)    /səˈsaɪ.ə.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
B1 [C or U] a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society: a classless/multicultural/capitalist/civilized society These changes strike at the heart of British/American/modern society. There's a danger that we will end up blaming innocent children for society's problems. We must also consider the needs of the younger/older members of society.Society - general words [U] (also high society) the part of society that consists of people who are rich, powerful, and fashionable: a society hostess/ball/functionWealthy people [U] formal the state of being together with other people: She prefers her own society (= likes to be alone).Friends, acquaintances and contemporaries
(Definition of society noun (PEOPLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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