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"community service" in British English

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community servicenoun [U]

uk   us  
work done without ​payment to ​help other ​people. Criminals whose ​crime was not ​serious enough for them to be put in ​prison are sometimes ​ordered to do ​communityservice.
(Definition of community service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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community servicenoun [U]

 us   /kəˈmju·nɪ·t̬i ˈsɜr·vɪs/
work that ​people do without ​payment to ​help other ​people, and which ​people may sometimes be ​ordered to do as ​punishment for ​crimes that are not too ​serious: The ​judgeordered him to ​pay a ​fine and ​perform 100 ​hours of community service.
(Definition of community service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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