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"artificial" in British English

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artificialadjective

uk   /ˌɑː.tɪˈfɪʃ.əl/  us   /ˌɑːr.t̬ɪ-/
B2 made by ​people, often as a ​copy of something ​natural: clothes made of artificial ​fibres an artificial ​heart an artificial ​lake artificial ​fur/​sweeteners/​flowersC2 disapproving not ​sincere: Their ​cheerfulnessseemedratherstrained and artificial.
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artificiality
noun [U] uk   /ˌɑː.tɪˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌɑːr.t̬ɪˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.t̬i/
artificially
adverb uk   us   /-i/
B2 Most ​mushroomssold in ​supermarkets have been ​grown artificially (= not in ​naturalconditions) in ​manure.
(Definition of artificial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"artificial" in American English

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artificialadjective

 us   /ˌɑr·t̬əˈfɪʃ·əl/

artificial adjective (PRODUCED)

made by ​people, often as a ​copy of something ​natural: artificial ​flowers artificial ​grass an artificial ​leg

artificial adjective (NOT SINCERE)

not ​sincere; not ​trulyintended: an artificial ​smile
artificiality
noun [U]  us   /ˌɑr·t̬əˌfɪʃ·iˈæl·ət̬·i/
The ​actors were ​encouraged to ​speak in ​flat, ​speedytones (= ​quality of the ​voice), ​reinforcing the artificiality of an already unreal-seeming ​piece.
artificially
adverb  us   /ˌɑr·t̬əˈfɪʃ·ə·li/
Those ​oranges have been artificially ​colored.
(Definition of artificial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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