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"blackout" in British English

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blackoutnoun [C]

uk   /ˈblæk.aʊt/  us   /ˈblæk.aʊt/
  • blackout noun [C] (HIDING)

a ​time when all ​lights must be ​hidden by ​law, or when there is no ​light or ​power because of an ​electricityfailure: wartime blackouts Power ​lines were ​blown down and we had a blackout of several ​hours.
the ​action taken to make ​certain that ​information about something is not ​reported to the ​public: a news blackout
(Definition of blackout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blackout" in American English

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blackoutnoun [C]

 us   /ˈblæk·ɑʊt/
  • blackout noun [C] (NO ELECTRICITY)

a ​period of ​time when ​electricpower has ​failed, causing a ​loss of ​lights: A blackout ​ended the ​game early.
  • blackout noun [C] (NOT CONSCIOUS)

a ​shortperiod of ​time when you are not ​conscious: He ​suffers from Parkinson’s ​disease and has ​occasionallyexperienced blackouts.
(Definition of blackout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blackout" in Business English

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blackoutnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈblækaʊt/
a ​period of ​time when a ​service, ​product, etc. is not ​available: Pay-per-view ​returned after a three-year blackout. A media blackout was ​imposed the day after the riots.
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