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continentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/
B1 one of the seven large land masses on the earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries: the North American continent the continents of Asia and Africa

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continental
adjective uk   /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us   /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/
C2 continental waters

continentadjective

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/

the Continentnoun [S]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/ mainly UK
Europe, especially western Europe, but not including the British Isles: Driving on the Continent is very different to driving in Britain.
Continental
adjective also continental uk   /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us   /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/
She preferred the continental way of life.
Continental
noun [C] also continental uk   /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us   /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/ mainly UK old-fashioned
someone who comes from Europe but not the British Isles
(Definition of continent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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continentnoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑn·tən·ənt, -tə·nənt/
one of the seven large land masses on the earth’s surface, surrounded or mainly surrounded by sea: Asia and Africa are the two biggest continents.
continental
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˌkɑn·tənˈen·təl, -təˈnen-/
(Definition of continent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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continentnoun

uk   /ˈkɒntɪnənt/ us  
[C] one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface: The company has production plants in every continent except Australia.
the Continent UK old-fashioned
Europe, especially Western Europe, but not including the British Isles: Many of the jobs will be lost, not in Britain, but in branches on the Continent.
continental
continental countries/Europe/markets 40% of the company's investors and its deals come from continental Europe.
(Definition of continent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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