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"brainstorm" in British English

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brainstormverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈbreɪn.stɔːm/  us   /-stɔːrm/
(of a ​group of ​people) to ​suggest a lot of ​ideas for a ​futureactivity very ​quickly before ​considering some of them more ​carefully: The ​team got together to brainstorm (the ​project).

brainstormnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbreɪn.stɔːm/  us   /-stɔːrm/ informal
US (UK brainwave) a ​suddencleveridea: The toy's ​inventor was ​watching his ​childrenplay one ​day when he had a brainstorm. UK a ​suddenstate of being ​unable to ​thinkclearly: I must have had a brainstorm - I went ​shopping and ​forgot to take any ​money.
(Definition of brainstorm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brainstorm" in American English

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brainstormverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈbreɪnˌstɔrm/
to ​suggest a lot of ​ideas for a ​futureactivity very ​quickly before ​considering some of them more ​carefully: [I] They brainstormed and ​mappedplans for ​dealing with ​problems like ​affordablehousing and the ​budgetshortfall.
brainstorming
noun [U]  us   /ˈbreɪnˌstɔr·mɪŋ/
We need to do some brainstorming before we get down to ​detailedplanning.

brainstormnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbreɪnˌstɔrm/ infml
a ​sudden, new ​idea that you are ​enthusiastic about: They got this brainstorm that they could make a ​living by ​buying and ​sellingantiques.
(Definition of brainstorm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brainstorm" in Business English

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brainstormverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈbreɪnstɔːm/
MEETINGS to ​meet in a ​group to suggest a lot of new ​ideas very quickly, with the intention of considering them more carefully later: Engineers from all over the ​companymet every couple of weeks to brainstorm. Remember all ​ideas are welcomed - so ​start brainstorming! A ​team will brainstorm a ​job description for the new ​leadershippost.

brainstormnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbreɪnstɔːm/
a new, ​originalidea or set of ​ideas: They have ​started to ​turn their brainstorm into a ​realproduct.
(Definition of brainstorm from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “brainstorm”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自由讨论, 集思广益…
in Turkish beyin fırtınası…
in Russian блестящая идея…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自由討論, 集思廣益﹔腦力震盪…
in Polish olśnienie…
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