Meaning of “ambiguous” in the English Dictionary

"ambiguous" in British English

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ambiguousadjective

uk /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs/ us /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs/

C2 having or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally:

His reply to my question was somewhat ambiguous.
The wording of the agreement is ambiguous.
The government has been ambiguous on this issue.

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ambiguously
adverb uk /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs.li/ us /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs.li/

Some questions were badly or ambiguously worded.

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

"ambiguous" in American English

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ambiguousadjective

us /æmˈbɪɡ·ju·əs/

having or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally:

The movie’s ending is ambiguous.

(Definition of “ambiguous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ambiguous" in Business English

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ambiguousadjective

uk /æmˈbɪɡjuəs/ us

having more than one possible meaning, and therefore likely to cause confusion:

Many companies are appealing against the ruling, because the wording is ambiguous.

(Definition of “ambiguous” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)