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major

adjective
 
 
/ˈmeɪdʒər/
very large, important, or powerful, especially when compared with others of the same type: a rail link connecting major European cities Exports play a major role in key sub-sectors. Our prices are lower on 2,000 items than those of all our major competitors. major companies/corporations/retailers
a major change, difference, etc. affects a lot of people or organizations, sometimes in a way that causes difficulties for them: Lack of skilled workers has become a major problem in recent years. Governments now face major challenges in addressing problems in the global economy. a major barrier/obstacle/boost
Translations of “major”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic مُهِم, كَبير…
in French majeur…
in Turkish ana, esas, büyük…
in Italian maggiore, più importante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 重要的, 較重要的, 主要的…
in Russian крупный, важный, мажорный…
in Polish podstawowy, ważny, dur…
in Spanish mayor, principal…
in Portuguese principal, importante…
in German bedeutend…
in Catalan important, gran…
in Japanese 主要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重要的, 较重要的, 主要的…
(Definition of major adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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