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"device" in British English

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devicenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈvaɪs/

device noun [C] (OBJECT)

B2 an ​object or ​machine that has been ​invented for a ​particularpurpose: a ​contraceptive/​electronic device Rescuers used a ​special device forfindingpeopletrapped in ​collapsedbuildings.
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device noun [C] (METHOD)

a ​method that is used to ​produce a ​particulareffect: a ​literary/​rhetorical device A ​trademark can be a ​powerfulmarketing device. [+ to infinitive] Her ​coolmanner is just a device toavoid having to ​talk to ​people.

device noun [C] (BOMB)

a ​bomb or other ​explosive: an ​explosive/​incendiary/​nuclear device
(Definition of device from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"device" in American English

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devicenoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈvɑɪs/

device noun [C] (OBJECT)

an ​object or ​machine that has been ​invented to ​fulfill a ​particularpurpose: a ​handheld device a ​safety device electronic/​mechanical devices He ​invented a device for ​measuring very ​smalldistancesexactly.

device noun [C] (METHOD)

a ​method that is used to ​produce a ​desiredeffect: His ​tempertantrums were just a device for ​attractingattention.
(Definition of device from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"device" in Business English

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devicenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈvaɪs/
an ​object or ​machine which has been ​invented for a particular ​purpose: biotech and ​medical devices You should not use any ​personal electronic device, such as a ​cellphone, while ​driving. mobile/​wireless/​handheld devices
a ​method that is used to ​produce a particular ​effect: A ​trademark can be a powerful marketing device.
(Definition of device from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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