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"cold" in British English

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coldadjective

uk   /kəʊld/ us   /koʊld/
  • cold adjective (LOW TEMPERATURE)

A1 at a low temperature, especially when compared to the temperature of the human body, and not hot, or warm: a cold day/house cold food/water cold hands cold weather My feet are so cold. It's freezing cold today. You'll feel cold if you don't wear a coat.

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coldness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkəʊld.nəs/ us   /ˈkoʊld.nəs/
C2 It was the coldness of her manner that struck me.

coldnoun

uk   /kəʊld/ us   /koʊld/
  • cold noun (ILLNESS)

A2 [C] a common infection, especially in the nose and throat, that often causes a cough, a slight fever, and sometimes some pain in the muscles: I've got a cold. She caught a cold at school.UK informal Don't come near me - I've got a stinking/streaming cold (= extremely bad cold).
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cold" in American English

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coldadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /koʊld/
having a low temperature, esp. when compared to the temperature of the human body, and not hot or warm: cold weather I forgot my gloves and my hands are getting cold.

coldnoun

us   /koʊld/
  • cold noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a common infection, esp. in the nose and throat, which often causes you to sneeze and cough, to feel tired, and sometimes to have pain in the muscles: I’m afraid I’m catching a cold.
  • cold noun (LOW TEMPERATURE)

[U] The cold is cold temperature or cold weather: Don’t stand out there in the cold – come in here and get warm.
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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