clause Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"clause" in British English

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clausenoun [C]

uk   /klɔːz/  us   /klɑːz/

clause noun [C] (LEGAL DOCUMENT)

law a ​particularpart of a written ​legaldocument, for ​example a ​lawpassed by Parliament or a contract (= an ​agreement): They have added/​deleted/​amended a clause in the ​contract which says the ​company can make ​peopleredundant for ​economicreasons. Clause 4 of the ​constitution is ​thought to be the most ​importantsection.
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clause noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

B2 specialized language a ​group of words, consisting of a ​subject and a finiteform of a ​verb: In the ​sentence "I can't ​cook very well but I make qu ite good ​pancakes", both "I can't ​cook very well" and "I make good ​pancakes" are main/​independent clauses (= they are of ​equalimportance and could each ​exist as a ​separatesentence). In the ​sentence "I'll get you some ​stamps if I go to ​town", "if I go to ​town" is a subordinate/​dependent clause (= it is not as ​important as the ​mainpart of the ​sentence and could not ​exist as a ​separatesentence).
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(Definition of clause from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clause" in American English

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clausenoun [C]

 us   /klɔz/

clause noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar a ​group of words that ​includes a ​subject and a ​verb to ​form a ​simplesentence or only ​part of a ​sentence: "If I go to ​town" is a clause, but not a ​sentence.

clause noun [C] (LEGAL STATEMENT)

law a ​part of a written ​legaldocument: He had a clause in his ​moviecontract that ​let him ​work in the ​theater.
(Definition of clause from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clause" in Business English

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clausenoun [C]

uk   us   /klɔːz/ LAW
a ​part of a written ​legalagreement that ​deals with a particular ​subject: See clause 8.2(b) of the ​standardsaleagreement. Rules and ​location for ​resolvingdisputes are ​outlined under the contract's ​arbitration clause.add/remove/include a clause Some ​companies will ​insure you, but will ​add a clause ​excluding any ​floodclaims.
(Definition of clause from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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