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English definition of “syntax”


noun [U or C]     /ˈsɪntæks/
IT the rules that state how, and in which order , words and symbols must be used in a particular computer language : The following search syntax usually worked : " find in catalog ". The commands follow a strict syntax.
(Definition of syntax noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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