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temperature

noun uk   /ˈtem.prə.tʃər/ us    /-pɚ.ə.tʃɚ/

temperature noun (HEAT LEVEL)

A2 [C or U] the measured amount of heat in a place or in the body: Preheat the oven to a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius. There has been a rise in temperature over the past few days (= the weather has become warmer). The doctor examined him and took his temperature (= measured it). run/have a temperature A2 to have a higher body temperature than normal and to be ill

temperature noun (OF A SITUATION)

[U] If you say that the temperature in a particular situation is rising, you mean that it is likely to become violent because people have become angry: The temperature of the discussion started to rise as each side added its own arguments.
(Definition of temperature from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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