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"ancient" in British English

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ancientadjective

uk   us   /ˈeɪn.ʃənt/
B1 of or from a ​longtime ago, having ​lasted for a very ​longtime: ancient ​civilizations/​rights/​laws ancient ​monuments/​ruins/​woodlands the ancient ​kingdoms of Mexico People have ​lived in this ​valley since ancient times. History, ancient and ​modern, has ​taught these ​people an ​intensedistrust of ​theirneighbours. informal very ​old: He's got an ancient ​laptop.B1 used to refer to the ​period in ​Europeanhistory from the ​earliestknownsocieties to the end of the ​Roman Empire: the ancient Egyptians/Greeks/Romans The ancient Britons ​inhabited these ​parts of ​England before the ​Romaninvasion.
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ancientadjective

 us   /ˈeɪn·ʃənt/
of or from a very ​longtime ago: Archaeologists ​study the ​remains of ancient ​civilizations. infml Something that is ancient is very ​old: This ​computer is ancient – I’ve got to get a new one.
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