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"casual" in British English

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casualadjective

uk   us   /ˈkæʒ.u.əl/
  • casual adjective (INFORMAL)

B1 Casual ​clothes are not ​formal or not ​suitable for ​specialoccasions: casual clothes

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  • casual adjective (NOT INTERESTED)

not taking or not ​seeming to take much ​interest: The psychologist's attitudeseemedfar too casual, ​evenbrutal. Security around the ​conferencehotelseemedalmost casual. Although ​close to ​tears, she ​tried to make her ​voicesound casual.
casually
adverb uk   us   /-i/
B2 She was ​dressed casually in ​shorts and a ​T-shirt.
(Definition of casual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"casual" in American English

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casualadjective

 us   /ˈkæʒ·u·əl/
  • casual adjective (NOT SERIOUS)

not ​serious or ​careful in ​attitude; only ​partlyinterested: a casual ​glance at a ​magazine Even to the casual ​observer, the ​forgery was ​obvious.
  • casual adjective (INFORMAL)

not ​formal; ​relaxed in ​style or ​manner: We have a ​smalloffice and I am very casual and ​wearslacks and ​sportsshirts and things like that.
  • casual adjective (TEMPORARY)

not ​regular or ​frequent; ​temporary or done sometimes: casual laborers Casual also ​meansslight: He was only a casual ​acquaintance – I didn’t ​know him well.
  • casual adjective (NOT PLANNED)

not ​intended or ​planned: a casual ​remark casual ​conversation
casually
adverb  us   /ˈkæʒ·ə·wə·li/
We were told to ​dress casually for the ​walkingtour.
(Definition of casual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"casual" in Business English

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casualadjective

uk   /ˈkæʒjuəl/  us   /ˈkæʒuəl/
HR used to describe ​work that is not ​permanent, or ​workers that are not ​employed permanently but only when a ​companyneeds them: casual employee/worker/labourer Most casual ​workers are ​paid by the day or hour.casual work/jobs/labour After ​leaving school she had a ​range of casual ​jobs. She does not intend necessarily to give up ​work but may ​work on a casual ​basis.
WORKPLACE casual clothes are informal: casual clothes/dress/attire Research ​shows that 90% of US ​companies now ​allow casual ​dressregularly. The ​style of ​dress in the ​office could best be described as business casual rather than ​formal.

casualnoun

uk   /ˈkæʒjuəl/  us   /ˈkæʒuəl/ UK
[C] HR a ​worker who is not ​employed permanently but only when a ​companyneeds them: On the whole, ​semi-skilled and ​unskilledpositions are ​filled by casuals.
casuals [plural] WORKPLACE informal ​clothing: Last January, the ​firmdispensed with any ​requirement to ​wearbusinesssuits and about half the ​staff now ​opt for casuals.
(Definition of casual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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