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zest

noun uk   /zest/ us  

zest noun (EXCITEMENT)

[S or U] enthusiasm, eagerness, energy, and interest: It's wonderful to see the children's zest for life. He approached every task with a boundless zest. The recording captures the zest of this live concert performance.

zest noun (FRUIT SKIN)

[U] the skin of an orange, lemon, or lime, used to add flavour to food: grated lemon zest
Translations of “zest”
in Spanish entusiasmo…
in French entrain, enthousiasme…
in German der Genuß…
in Chinese (Traditional) 興奮, 狂熱, 熱情…
in Russian пыл, энтузиазм, цедра…
in Turkish merak, tutku, heves…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兴奋, 狂热, 热情…
in Polish entuzjazm, radość, skórka…
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