austerity Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"austerity" in British English

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austeritynoun

uk   /ɔːˈster.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˈɑː.ster.ɪ.t̬i/
[C or U] the ​condition of ​living without ​unnecessary things and without ​comfort, with ​limitedmoney or ​goods, or a ​practice, ​habit, or ​experience that is ​typical of this: The ​wartime austerity of my early ​yearsprepared me for ​laterhardships. The austerities of ​life in a ​smallruralcommunity were not what I was used to. [U] a ​difficulteconomicsituationcaused by a ​governmentreducing the ​amount of ​money it ​spends: People ​protested in the ​streets against austerity. The ​government today ​announced new austerity measures. [U] the ​quality of being ​austere in ​appearance or ​manner: the austerity of her ​shorthair and ​plaingreysuit
(Definition of austerity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"austerity" in American English

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austeritynoun [U]

 us   /ɔˈster·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈstɪər-/
Austerity is also a ​badeconomiccondition that does not ​allow luxuries: Military ​spendingcontinueseven in ​periods of austerity.
(Definition of austerity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"austerity" in Business English

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austeritynoun [U]

uk   us   /ɒsˈterəti/
ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT a ​situation in which a ​governmentspends as little ​money as possible because of ​badeconomicconditions: The ​idea was to ​stabilise the ​economy through strict austerity. The ​governmentintroduced a ​number of austerity ​measures to ​helpcut the ​deficit.
(Definition of austerity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “austerity”
in Chinese (Simplified) 苦行,艰苦, 节俭,朴素…
in Chinese (Traditional) 苦行,艱苦,樸素生活的習慣/經歷, 節儉,樸素…
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