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Meaning of “absolute” in the English Dictionary

"absolute" in British English

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absoluteadjective

uk   us   /ˈæb.sə.luːt/
  • absolute adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 very ​great or to the ​largestdegreepossible: a man of absolute ​integrity/​discretion I have absolute ​faith in her ​judgment. There was no absolute ​proof of ​fraud.B2 [before noun] used when ​expressing a ​strongopinion: He's an absolute ​idiot! That's absolute ​rubbish!

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  • absolute adjective (NOT CHANGING)

[before noun] true, ​right, or the same in all ​situations and not ​depending on anything ​else: an absolute ​law/​principle/​doctrine Do you ​think there's such a thing as absolute ​truth/​beauty? Her ​contribution was ​better than most, but in absolute terms (= without ​comparing it with anything ​else) it was not very good.
  • absolute adjective (POWERFUL)

An absolute ​ruler has ​unlimitedpower: an absolute ​monarch
(Definition of absolute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absolute" in American English

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absoluteadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈæb·səˌlut, ˌæb·səˈlut/
without ​limit, very ​great, or to the ​largestdegreepossible: She ​demanded absolute ​silence. The ​day was an absolute (= ​complete)disaster.
certain; not to be doubted: Health ​insurance is an absolute ​necessity.
(Definition of absolute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"absolute" in Business English

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absoluteadjective

uk   us   /ˈæbsəluːt/
very great or to the largest degree possible: The ​board said they had absolute ​confidence in the ​CEO, despite the company's difficulties.
[before noun] used when ​expressing a ​strongopinion: It's an absolute disgrace!
(Definition of absolute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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