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alcoholnoun [U]

uk   /ˈæl.kə.hɒl/  us   /-hɑːl/
A2 a ​clearliquid that can make you ​drunk, also used as a solvent (= a ​substance that ​dissolves another) and in ​fuel and ​medicines: Most ​winescontain around twelve ​percent alcohol. I could ​smell the alcohol on his ​breath. an alcohol-freelager

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(Definition of alcohol from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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alcoholnoun [U]

 us   /ˈæl·kəˌhɔl/
a ​liquid that is ​produced in making ​wine, ​beer, and ​liquor and that can ​causechanges in ​behavior in ​people who ​drink it: Most ​winescontain about 12% alcohol. chemistry Alcohol is also any of a ​group of ​similarchemicalsubstances used as ​solvents (= ​substances that ​dissolveothers) and in ​fuel and ​medicines.
(Definition of alcohol from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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