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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 particular part of a written legal document, for example a law passed by Parliament or a contract (= an agreement): They have added/deleted/amended a clause in the contract which says the company can make people redundant for economic reasons. Clause 4 of the constitution is thought to be the most important section.

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  • clause noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

B2 specialized language a group of words, consisting of a subject and a finite form 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 equal importance and could each exist as a separate sentence). 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 main part of the sentence and could not exist as a separate sentence).

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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 simple sentence 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 legal document: He had a clause in his movie contract 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
(Definition of clause from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“clause” in British English

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