bias Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"bias" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈbaɪ.əs/

bias noun (PREFERENCE)

C2 [C usually singular, U] the ​action of ​supporting or ​opposing a ​particularperson or thing in an ​unfair way, because of ​allowingpersonalopinions to ​influenceyourjudgment: The ​senator has ​accused the ​media of bias. Reporters must be ​impartial and not show political bias. There was ​clearevidence of a ​strong bias against her. There has always been a ​slight bias in ​favour of/towardsemployingliberalartsgraduates in the ​company. [C usually singular] the ​fact of ​preferring a ​particularsubject or thing: She ​showed a ​scientific bias at an early ​age.
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bias noun (CLOTHING)

[U] specialized fabrics a ​direction at an ​angleacross the ​threads of wovenmaterial: The ​dresses in his new ​wintercollection are all ​cut on the bias (= in a ​diagonaldirectionacross the ​cloth).

biasverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbaɪ.əs/ (-s- or UK also -ss-)
to ​cause someone or something to have a bias: The ​judgeruled that the ​information should be ​withheld on the ​grounds that it would bias the ​jury against the ​accused.
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bias" in American English

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biasnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbɑɪ·əs/
an ​unfairpersonalopinion that ​influencesyourjudgment: [U] They ​vowed to ​fightracial bias in the ​school. [C usually sing] Does ​newscoveragereflect a reporter’s bias?
verb [T]  us   /ˈbɑɪ·əs/ (-s-, -ss-)
The ​judgewithheld the ​information on the ​grounds that it would bias the ​jury.
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bias" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈbaɪəs/
[C, usually singular or U] the fact of ​allowingpersonalopinions to ​influence your ​judgment in an ​unfair way: In her view, none of the ​interviewpanel had shown any bias.gender/racial bias a ​federallawprohibitinggender and racial bias in ​employmentbias against sb/sth The ​email suggested a ​clear bias against American ​products.bias in favour of sb/sth The ​company showed a ​marked bias in favour of ​employing men. a clear/definite/​strong bias
[C, usually singular] the fact of preferring someone or something: bias towards sb/sth In ​general, ​investmenttrusts have more of a bias towards ​emergingmarkets, ​including the Far East.
[C or U] the fact that ​information is not ​correct because of the ​method used in ​collecting or ​presenting it: In the ​marketresearch there was a bias in the ​sample of ​people who were ​selected to give their ​opinions. There is a need to ​build in ​safeguards against statistical bias.
[C or U] FINANCE the fact of ​prices, etc. ​increasing or ​decreasing: Interest ​rates are set to have an ​upward bias in the next 12 months. a negative/​downward bias a positive/​upward bias
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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