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"beacon" in British English

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beaconnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbiː.kən/
a ​light or ​fire on the ​top of a ​hill that ​acts as a ​warning or ​signal: As ​part of the ​centenarycelebrations a ​chain of beacons was litacross the ​region.figurative She was a beacon ofhope in ​troubledtimes.
(Definition of beacon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beaconnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbi·kən/
a ​light that ​acts as a ​signal or ​warning: fig. a beacon of ​hope A beacon is also a ​device that ​sends a ​signal or ​information: a ​radar/​navigation beacon
(Definition of beacon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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