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"church" in British English

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churchnoun

uk   /tʃɜːtʃ/ us   /tʃɝːtʃ/
  • church noun (BUILDING)

A2 [C] a building for Christian religious activities: The town has four churches. a church spire/tower a church hall (= a building belonging to a church, with a large room for meetings)

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  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C or U] an official Christian religious organization: All the local churches were represented at the memorial service. He went on a walking trip with some of his friends from church.
[U] an occasion when this organization meets as a group of people: I'll see her after church. They go to church every Sunday. church services
the Church [S]
Christian religious organizations: Some people think the Church shouldn't interfere in politics.

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(Definition of church from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"church" in American English

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churchnoun

us   /tʃɜrtʃ/
  • church noun (BUILDING)

[C] a building for Christian religious activities: We came to a church and went inside to sit and enjoy the quiet.
  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C/U] a Christian religious organization: [U] He went on a trip with some of his friends from church.
[C/U] Church is also a group of people meeting for a religious gathering: [U] I’ll see you after church.
[C/U] A church is also one of the larger divisions within Christianity: [C] The Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches have many similarities.
[C/U] Church can also mean organized religion generally: [U] The separation of church and state is an important feature of the US Constitution.
(Definition of church from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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