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"body" in British English

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bodynoun

uk   /ˈbɒd.i/  us   /ˈbɑː.di/
  • body noun (PHYSICAL STRUCTURE)

A1 [C] the ​wholephysicalstructure that ​forms a ​person or ​animal: A good ​diet and plenty of ​exercise will ​help you to ​keepyour body ​healthy. She ​rubbed suncream over her ​entire body.
B1 [C] the ​mainpart of a person's or animal's body, without the ​head, or without the ​head, ​arms, and ​legs: He had a ​fat body but ​thinlegs and ​arms.
A2 [C] a ​deadperson: A body was ​washed up on the ​beach last ​week.
[C] the ​paintedmetalshell of a ​vehicle, such as a ​car or an ​aircraft
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[C usually singular] old-fashioned a ​person: How is a body ​supposed to ​live in these ​conditions?
[C] UK (US bodysuit) a ​piece of tight-fitting women's ​clothing that ​covers the ​tophalf of the body and ​fastens between the ​legs

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  • body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

C2 [C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people who have ​joined together for a ​particularreason: a ​governing body an ​advisory body The RSPCA is a ​respected body ​working for ​animalwelfare. There is a ​large body ofpeople who are ​unaware of ​theirbasicrights. Chatsworth High School’s student body ​raised $5,000 for the ​charity.
in a body formal
If ​people do something in a body, they do it together as a ​group, in an ​official way: The ​cleaningstaff went in a body to the ​manager to ​complain.

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  • body noun (AMOUNT)

[C] a ​largeamount of something: There is a ​growing body ofevidence to ​supporttheirclaim. She ​collected a ​huge body ofinformation on the ​subject. A ​substantial body of ​opinion (= a ​largegroup of ​people with the same ​opinion) is ​opposed to any ​change.
[C] formal A body of ​water is a ​largearea of ​water, such as a ​lake.
  • body noun (MAIN PART)

the body [S]
the ​mainpart of a ​book, ​article, etc.: I ​thought the most ​interestingdetails in the ​book were not in the body of the ​text, but in the ​notes at the end.
the ​mainpart of a ​largebuilding: to ​enter the body of the ​cathedral
(Definition of body from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"body" in American English

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bodynoun

 us   /ˈbɑd·i/
  • body noun (PHYSICAL CREATURE)

[C] the ​wholephysicalstructure that is a ​person or ​animal: A good ​diet and plenty of ​exercise will ​help you ​keepyour body ​healthy.
[C] Sometimes body can refer to the ​main, ​physicalpart of a ​person or ​animal but not ​include the ​head, or not ​include the ​head and the ​arms and ​legs.
[C] A body is also a ​deadperson: Policefound the man’s body in the next ​room.
  • body noun (MAIN PART)

[U] the ​mainpart of something such as a ​book, a ​largebuilding, or a ​vehicle: Most ​scientists will be less ​interested in the body of the ​article than in the ​detailednotes at the end.
  • body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[C] a ​group of ​people who have ​joined together for a ​particularreason: Congress is a ​legislative body ​created to ​consider and ​passlaws.
  • body noun (AMOUNT)

[C] an ​amount of something: There is a ​growing body of ​evidence to ​supporttheirinnocence.
[C] A body of ​water is a ​largearea of ​water, such as a ​lake.
(Definition of body from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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