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"bar" in British English

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barnoun [C]

uk   /bɑːr/ us   /bɑːr/
  • bar noun [C] (DRINKING PLACE)

A1 a place where drinks, especially alcoholic drinks, are sold and drunk, or the area in such a place where the person serving the drinks stands: They noticed him going into the hotel bar. There weren't any free tables, so I sat at the bar. Why don't you ask the guy behind the bar (= serving drinks there)?

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  • bar noun [C] (LONG PIECE)

B2 a long, thin, straight piece of metal or wood: The gorilla rattled the bars of its cage.
B1 a substance that has been made into a solid rectangular shape: a bar of soap a chocolate bar
UK The bar of an electric heater is a long, thin wire in the shape of a spring that is wrapped tightly around a tube. When electricity passes through it, it produces heat and red light.

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  • bar noun [C] (MUSIC)

US also measure one of the small equal parts into which a piece of music is divided, containing a fixed number of beats: Waltzes have three beats in/to the bar (= in each bar).
US UK bar line a vertical line that divides one bar from another in a written piece of music

barverb [T]

uk   /bɑːr/ us   /bɑːr/ -rr-
  • bar verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent something or someone from doing something or going somewhere, or to not allow something: The centre of the town was barred to football supporters. The incident led to him being barred from the country/barred from entering the country. I tried to push past her but she barred my way/path (= stood in front of me and prevented me from getting past).

barpreposition

uk   /bɑːr/ us   /bɑːr/ formal

the Barnoun [S, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /bɑːr/ us   /bɑːr/
UK lawyers who are allowed to argue a case in a higher court
US all lawyers thought of as a group
be called to the Bar UK
to gain a qualification as a lawyer who can argue a case in a higher court
be admitted to the Bar US
to gain a qualification as a lawyer
(Definition of bar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bar" in American English

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barnoun

us   /bɑr/
  • bar noun (POLE)

[C] a strong pole, esp. one made of metal, used as a support, to force something to move, or to block an opening: He stuck his hand through the bars of the cage
[C] A bar is also any of various small objects having a rectangular shape: a granola bar
  • bar noun (DRINKING PLACE)

[C] a place, sometimes within a restaurant, where alcoholic drinks are served, or a long, high table in such a place along which people stand or sit while drinking: He used to just sit in a bar and listen to jazz. They sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender.
  • bar noun (MUSIC)

[C] also measure one of the small equal parts into which a piece of music is divided, containing a fixed number of beats: He played four bars of music.
[C] also measure A bar is also one of the vertical lines that divide a piece of music into equal parts.
  • bar noun (LAWYERS)

[U] all lawyers considered as a group: She passed the Massachusetts bar exam on her first try.

barverb [T]

us   /bɑr/ -rr-
  • bar verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent someone from doing something or going somewhere: Protesters tried to break into the building, but the police barred their way.
  • bar verb [T] (POLE)

to put a strong pole or poles across an opening: We barred the windows as protection against burglars.

barpreposition

us   /bɑr/
  • bar preposition (EXCEPT)

except for: He’s the greatest pitcher of all time, bar none (= no one else is better).
(Definition of bar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bar" in Business English

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barnoun [C]

uk   /bɑːr/ us  
something that prevents a particular event or development from happening: a bar (to sth) A lack of formal education does not have to be a bar to success in business and politics.

barverb [T]

uk   /bɑːr/ us   -rr-
LAW to prevent something or someone from doing something or going somewhere, or to refuse to allow something: bar sb/sth from (doing) sth Lawyers on both sides have been barred from discussing the case in the press. The government voted to bar the import of exotic birds.

the barnoun [S]

also the Bar uk   /bɑːr/ us   LAW
UK the group of barristers (= lawyers who are allowed to argue a case in a higher court), or the profession of such lawyers: a member of the bar He was called to the bar (= became a barrister) in 2006. It has been a privilege to have practised at the Bar for 47 years.
US all lawyers considered as a group, or the profession of law: Effectiveness requires that other members of the bar trust your word and credibility. She was admitted to the bar (= became a lawyer) in her early thirties.
(Definition of bar from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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