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winter

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈwɪn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
A1 the season between autumn and spring, lasting from November to March north of the equator and from May to September south of the equator, when the weather is coldest: I think you tend to eat more in (the) winter. Last winter we went skiing. It's been a surprisingly mild winter. a winter/winter's day winter weather/snow
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winter

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /ˈwɪn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
(especially of a bird) to spend the winter in a particular place: Birds migrate so that they can winter in a warmer country. Kuwait Bay is one of the world's most important wintering grounds for wading birds.
Translations of “winter”
in Korean 겨울…
in Arabic شِتاء…
in French (d’)hiver…
in Turkish kış, kış mevsimi…
in Italian inverno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 冬季,冬天…
in Russian зима…
in Polish zima…
in Spanish invierno…
in Portuguese inverno…
in German der Winter, Winter-……
in Catalan hivern…
in Japanese 冬…
in Chinese (Simplified) 冬季,冬天…
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