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chemicalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/  us   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/
B2 any ​basicsubstance that is used in or ​produced by a ​reactioninvolvingchanges to ​atoms or molecules: The ​government has ​pledged to ​reduce the ​amount of chemicals used in ​foodproduction. Each ​year, ​factoriesrelease millions of ​tons of toxic (= ​poisonous) chemicals into the ​atmosphere.

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chemicaladjective

uk   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/  us   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/
chemically
adverb uk   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl.i/
The ​fundprovidesmoney to ​clean up chemically ​pollutedindustrialsites.
(Definition of chemical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chemicalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkem·ɪ·kəl/
any ​basicsubstance that is used in or ​produced by a ​reactioninvolvingchanges to ​atoms or ​molecules: His ​businessmanufacturedfarm chemicals.

chemicaladjective

 us   /ˈkem·ɪ·kəl/
of, ​involved with, ​relating to, or made by using chemicals or ​chemistry: the chemical ​industry a chemical ​plantproducingplastics and ​rubber
chemically
adverb  us   /ˈkem·ɪk·li/
chemically ​treatedpaper
(Definition of chemical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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chemicalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkemɪkəl/
any basic substance which is used in or ​produced by a ​reaction involving ​changes to atoms or molecules: The ​government has ​pledged to ​reduce the ​amount of chemicals used in ​foodproduction. Each ​year, ​factoriesrelease millions of ​tonnes of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

chemicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈkemɪkəl/
relating to chemicals: The chemical ​industryproduces such things as ​petrochemicals, ​drugs, paint, and rubber.
chemically
adverb
The ​fundprovidesmoney to ​clean up chemically ​pollutedindustrialsites.
(Definition of chemical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “chemical”
in Arabic كيماوي…
in Korean 화학의…
in Portuguese químico…
in Catalan químic…
in Japanese 化学の, 化学薬品の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 化学品, 化学制品…
in Turkish kimyasal…
in Russian химический…
in Chinese (Traditional) 化學品, 化學製品…
in Italian chimico…
in Polish chemiczny…
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“chemical” in British English

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“chemical” in Business English

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