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space

noun uk   /speɪs/ us  

space noun (EMPTY PLACE)

A2 [C or U] an empty area that is available to be used: Is there any space for my clothes in that cupboard? I've got to make (some) space for Mark's things. When the roads are wet, you've got to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. The blank space at the end of the form is for your name. We found a parking space close to the museum.
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B2 [U] the area around everything that exists, continuing in all directions: He was absent-mindedly staring/gazing into space (= looking, but seeing nothing). Virtual reality gives us artificial worlds to explore, outside normal space and time.[U] the distance between a football, rugby, etc. player and any opposing players: If you give quality players that much space, they will punish you.open space land, especially in a town, that has no buildings on it: What I like about Cambridge is that there's so much open space. I love the wide open spaces (= large areas of countryside) of central Australia.in/within a short space of time very soon: Within a short space of time you could be speaking perfect English!in/within the space of six weeks, three hours, etc. during a period of six weeks, three hours, etc.: It all happened in the space of ten minutes.
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space noun (BEYOND EARTH)

B1 [U] the empty area outside the Earth's atmosphere, where the planets and the stars are: space exploration/travel a space rocket Who was the first human being in space/the first to go into space?
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space

verb [T] uk   /speɪs/ us  
to arrange things or people so that there is some distance or time between them: That page looks badly spaced (= there is too much/too little distance between the lines or words). The flowers were spaced (out) evenly (= planted at equal distances) beside the path. If you're in financial difficulty, we're happy to let you space (out) your payments (= pay in smaller amounts over a longer period of time) over two years.
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