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class

noun
 
 
/klɑːs/
[C or U] a group of people within society who have the same economic or social position: As rents increased, working class families left the city in search of more affordable neighborhoods. upper/middle/lower class
[C] COMMERCE a standard based on price and quality: The planes will have reclining seats for customers in first class. She and her husband run a luxury-class holiday accommodation business.
[C] COMMERCE a group into which goods and services are put based on their characteristics: Your shipment's freight class determines the carrier's shipping charges. a class of sth At issue is a class of mortgages that lenders call "subprime" because they do not qualify for the lowest or prime interest rate.
[C] a series of lessons on a particular subject: a class in/on sth As part of a class in international relations, the conference aimed to teach students the art of negotiations.enrol in a class And so that fall, I enrolled in an agribusiness marketing class.take/go to/attend classes For the past two years he's been taking night classes while also working full-time as a nurse. hold/offer/teach a class → See also best in class, business class noun, economy class, first class adjective, second-class adjective
(Definition of class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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