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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 whole physical structure that forms a person or animal: A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy. She rubbed suncream over her entire body.
B1 [C] the main part of a person's or animal's body, without the head, or without the head, arms, and legs: He had a fat body but thin legs and arms.
A2 [C] a dead person: A body was washed up on the beach last week.
[C] the painted metal shell 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 top half 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 particular reason: a governing body an advisory body The RSPCA is a respected body working for animal welfare. There is a large body of people who are unaware of their basic rights. 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 cleaning staff went in a body to the manager to complain.

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(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 whole physical structure that is a person or animal: A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you keep your body healthy.
[C] Sometimes body can refer to the main, physical part 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 dead person: Police found the man’s body in the next room.
  • body noun (MAIN PART)

[U] the main part of something such as a book, a large building, or a vehicle: Most scientists will be less interested in the body of the article than in the detailed notes at the end.
  • body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[C] a group of people who have joined together for a particular reason: Congress is a legislative body created to consider and pass laws.
  • body noun (AMOUNT)

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