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Meaning of “dilemma” in the English Dictionary

"dilemma" in British English

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dilemmanoun [C]

uk   us   /daɪˈlem.ə/ /dɪ-/
B2 a ​situation in which a ​difficultchoice has to be made between two different things you could do: The ​president is ​clearly in a dilemma about/over how to ​tackle the ​crisis. She faces the dilemma ofdisobeying her ​father or losing the man she ​loves. a moral/​ethical dilemma

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

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dilemmanoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈlem·ə, dɑɪ-/
a ​situation in which a ​choice has to be made between ​possibilities that will all have ​results you do not ​want: The dilemma was over how to ​protect a ​charming little ​island and at the same ​timealloweconomicdevelopment on it.
(Definition of dilemma from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dilemma”
in Korean 딜레마…
in Arabic مَأزَق…
in Malaysian dilema…
in French dilemme…
in Russian дилемма…
in Chinese (Traditional) 左右為難,兩難境地…
in Italian dilemma…
in Turkish ikilem, çıkmaz, açmaz…
in Polish dylemat…
in Spanish dilema…
in Vietnamese tình trạng khó xử…
in Portuguese dilema…
in Thai ทางเลือกที่ยุ่งยาก…
in German das Dilemma…
in Catalan dilema…
in Japanese ジレンマ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 左右为难,两难境地…
in Indonesian dilema…
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