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"ceiling" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈsiː.lɪŋ/

ceiling noun (TOP OF A ROOM)

A2 [C] the inside ​surface of a ​room that you can ​see when you ​look above you
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ceiling noun (LIMIT)

C2 [C usually singular] an ​upperlimit, usually ​relating to ​money: They have imposed/set a ceiling on ​payrises.
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(Definition of ceiling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ceiling" in American English

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ceilingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsi·lɪŋ/
the ​uppersurface of a ​room that you ​see when you ​look above you: The ​kitchen ceiling ​needspainting. A ceiling is also an ​upperlimit put on something that ​varies: There is a 10% ceiling on ​rentincreases.
(Definition of ceiling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ceiling" in Business English

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ceilingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsiːlɪŋ/
the ​highestlevel, ​number, or ​amount something is ​allowed to ​reach: Before the ​biddingstarted he had set himself a ceiling ​price beyond which he would not go.a debt/spending/production ceiling They ​agreed on a ​spending ceiling over the next five ​years of between 1.2% to 1.3%.the ceiling on sth The good ​news is that the ceiling on teachers' ​earnings has been ​removed.the ceiling for sth We will ​keep within the ceiling for ​publicspending and do better if we can.place/put a ceiling on sth Ceilings are ​placed on ​interestrates by the ​government to ​providefirms with ​cheapcapital.set/impose a ceiling The ​staff ceiling was originally set at 35 but has slowly ​risen to 50.reach/exceed a ceiling The $7.4 ​trillionnationaldebt ceiling is likely to be ​reached in the next few days.lower/raise a ceiling The ​budgetrestrictions, ​signed into ​law in July, ​lowered the ceiling on how much ​districts' ​budgets can ​growannually.
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(Definition of ceiling from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ceiling”
in Korean 천정…
in Arabic سَقْف…
in Malaysian siling…
in French plafond…
in Russian потолок, предел…
in Chinese (Traditional) 天花板, 天花板,頂棚…
in Italian soffitto…
in Turkish tavan, tavan fiyat…
in Polish sufit, pułap…
in Spanish techo…
in Vietnamese trần nhà…
in Portuguese teto, forro…
in Thai เพดาน…
in German die Decke…
in Catalan sostre…
in Japanese 天井…
in Chinese (Simplified) 天花板, 天花板,顶棚…
in Indonesian langit-langit…
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