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unit

noun uk   /ˈjuː.nɪt/ us  

unit noun (SEPARATE PART)

B1 [C] a single thing or a separate part of something larger: The first year of the course is divided into four units. Each unit of the course book focuses on a different grammar point.Words meaning parts of things [C] a piece of furniture or equipment that is intended to be fitted as a part of a set of similar or matching pieces: kitchen/shelf/sink unitsFurniture and fittings - general words [C] a small machine or part of a machine that has a particular purpose: the central processing unit of a computer a waste-disposal unitMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresMachine parts [C] specialized business a single complete product of the type that a business sellsSingle, double and multipleProducts and producersBuying and selling in general [C] US a single apartment in a bigger building: a multiple-unit dwelling a public housing unitHouses and homes

unit noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people living or working together, especially for a particular purpose: the traditional family unit Dr Nussbaum is director of the Civil Liberties Research Unit at King's College, London. Both soldiers spent two weeks in training before being allowed to rejoin their unit (= the particular part of the army to which they belonged).Groups of people

unit noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C] a standard measure that is used to express amounts: A centimetre is a unit of length. The standard unit of currency in the US is the dollar.Measurements in general UK [C] a standard measure of alcohol: Experts say that women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.Spirits and distillingWeighing and measuring

unit noun (HOSPITAL DEPARTMENT)

[C] a department in a hospital for the treatment of people with similar illnesses or conditions: She's in the burns/paediatric/psychiatric unit.Medical places and organizations

unit noun (SINGLE NUMBER)

[C] any whole number less than ten: Tens go in the left-hand column and units in the right.Numbers generally specialized mathematics [C] the number 1Cardinal numbers, including nought and zero
(Definition of unit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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