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unit

noun (SEPARATE PART)    /ˈjuː.nɪt/
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
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