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"continent" in British English

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continentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/  us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/
B1 one of the seven ​largelandmasses on the earth's ​surface, ​surrounded, or ​mainlysurrounded, by ​sea and usually consisting of ​variouscountries: 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/
able to ​control when you ​urinate and ​emptyyourbowels
Opposite
literary able to ​controlyoursexual desires
continence
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəns/
(Definition of continent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"continent" in American English

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continentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑn·tən·ənt, -tə·nənt/
one of the seven ​largelandmasses on the earth’s ​surface, ​surrounded or ​mainlysurrounded 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)

"continent" in Business English

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continentnoun

uk   us   /ˈkɒntɪnənt/
[C] one of the seven large ​land masses on the Earth's surface: The ​company has ​productionplants 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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