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"courtesy" in British English

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courtesynoun [U or C]

uk   /ˈkɜː.tə.si/  us   /ˈkɝː.t̬ə.si/
B2 polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark: You might get along better with your parents if you showed them some courtesy. [+ to infinitive] He could at least have had the courtesy to say sorry. The president welcomed her visitors with the usual courtesies.
(by) courtesy of
by permission of: Jessie J appears courtesy of Universal Records.
because of: He got his black eye courtesy of a bloke he insulted at the bar last night.

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(Definition of courtesy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"courtesy" in American English

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courtesynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɜr·t̬ə·si/
polite behavior, or a polite action: [U] They should teach drivers to show pedestrians some courtesy.
(Definition of courtesy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"courtesy" in Business English

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courtesynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈkɜːtəsi/
polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark: He was treated with courtesy and hospitality. I have written to the customer relations director twice but he has not had the courtesy to reply. As a courtesy, we will email you if there is any change to these arrangements.
(by) courtesy of
with the permission of someone: Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
because of, or provided by, someone or something: Dealers were not excited about the market's performance, noting that the strong gains came courtesy of a handful of stocks. This offer comes to you courtesy of the One World travel company.

courtesyadjective [only before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkɜːtəsi/
provided at no cost: There is a courtesy bus provided to take you to the terminal. AA Insurance now offers a courtesy car until all claims are settled.
(Definition of courtesy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“courtesy” in Business English

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