Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “unit”

unit

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈjuːnɪt/
a single thing or separate part of something larger: The training course is divided into five units, and takes place over five days.
WORKPLACE a particular type of business or department within a larger organization: Shares in the pharmaceutical company shot up to 2575p after the sale of its chemicals unit. Cellphone companies are still on the rise, but most of them are units of the traditional telcos. a business/operating unit
FINANCE a single share or bond in a unit trust or mutual fund: Your investment purchases units that are linked to the Performance Fund.
PROPERTY an individual building or house: industrial/office units a housing/residential unit
a piece of machinery or equipment designed to be used for a particular purpose: an air-conditioning unit kitchen/shelving/wall-mounted units
PRODUCTION a single product considered as part of the total number of products that a company manufactures or sells: Last year the company cut domestic production to 3.1 million units.
MEASURES a measurement that is used as a standard to express amounts: Women are advised not to consume more than 14 units of alcohol a week. a unit of energy/measurement
→ See also accumulation unit, bargaining unit, central processing unit, decision-making unit, monetary unit, multiunit, stock-keeping unit, storage unit, strategic business unit
(Definition of unit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of unit?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Words meaning parts of things, but you might be interested in these topics from the Including and excluding topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “unit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More