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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 ​Christianreligiousactivities: The ​town has four churches. a church ​spire/​tower a church ​hall (= a ​buildingbelonging to a church, with a ​largeroom for ​meetings)

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  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C or U] an ​officialChristianreligiousorganization: All the ​local churches were ​represented at the ​memorialservice. He went on a ​walkingtrip with some of his ​friends from church.
[U] an ​occasion when this ​organizationmeets as a ​group of ​people: I'll ​see her after church. They go to church every ​Sunday. church services
the Church [S]
Christianreligiousorganizations: Some ​peoplethink 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 ​Christianreligiousactivities: We came to a church and went inside to ​sit and ​enjoy the ​quiet.
  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C/U] a ​Christianreligiousorganization: [U] He went on a ​trip with some of his ​friends from church.
[C/U] Church is also a ​group of ​peoplemeeting for a ​religiousgathering: [U] I’ll ​see you after church.
[C/U] A church is also one of the ​largerdivisions within ​Christianity: [C] The ​Episcopal and ​RomanCatholic churches have many similarities.
[C/U] Church can also ​meanorganizedreligiongenerally: [U] The ​separation of church and ​state is an ​importantfeature of the US Constitution.
(Definition of church from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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