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map

noun [C]
 
 
/mæp/ GRAPHS & CHARTS
a drawing of the Earth's surface, or part of it, showing things such as the shape and position of countries, political borders, towns, rivers, etc.: on a map Many of these students could not even find their own country on a map. a map of Canada/the world/Europe
a drawing that gives you a particular type of information about a particular area: This is a map of the building showing where the fire extinguishers are located. You can use the interactive map to find our franchises nationwide. The carbon map was designed so cities could better analyse their overall carbon footprint.
a simple plan that shows a direction of travel between one place and another: I'll draw you a map if you're worried about finding the hotel.
a simple plan that represents a more complicated thing, system, or idea: This is a map of what's on our website. We now have a conceptual map of the essential qualities of leadership.
put sth/sb on the map to make a person, place, or thing well known or show how important it is: The governor has managed to put this sleepy southern state in America on the map.
→ See also road map
(Definition of map noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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