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temper

noun uk   /ˈtem.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
B2 [C often singular] the tendency to become angry very quickly: She has a real temper. He's got a really bad temper. lose your temper B2 to suddenly become angry: The children behaved so badly that I lost my temper. keep your temper C2 to succeed in staying calm and not becoming angry: I found it hard to keep my temper with so many things going wrong. be in a bad, foul, etc. temper to be feeling angry: I'd avoid her if I were you - she's in a foul temper. [S or U] formal or literary mood or emotional state: He appears to be a man of calm and even temper.

temper

verb [T] uk   /ˈtem.pər/ us    /-pɚ/

temper verb [T] (REDUCE)

formal to make something less strong, extreme, etc.: My enthusiasm for the venture was somewhat tempered by my knowledge of the work that would be involved. I learned to temper my criticism.

temper verb [T] (METAL)

to heat and then cool a metal in order to make it hard: tempered steel
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