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"dummy" in British English

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dummynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdʌm.i/
  • dummy noun [C] (MODEL)

a ​largemodel of a ​human, ​especially one used to show ​clothes in a ​shop: the dummies in the ​storewindows a ventriloquist's dummyUK a shop dummy
  • dummy noun [C] (NOT REAL)

something that is not ​real and is used for ​practice or to ​deceive: The ​device is not a ​realbomb but a dummy. UK in some ​sports, ​especiallyfootball, an ​act of ​pretending to ​kick or ​hit the ​ball in a ​particulardirection, in ​order to ​deceive the other ​players
  • dummy noun [C] (FOR BABY)

UK (US pacifier) a ​smoothrubber or ​plasticobject that is given to a ​baby to ​suck in ​order to ​comfort it and make it ​stopcrying

dummyadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈdʌm.i/

dummyverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈdʌm.i/ UK
in ​games such as ​football or rugby, to ​pretend to ​kick or ​move a ​ball in a ​particulardirection but ​instead do something ​completely different, in ​order to ​deceive the ​opposing team's ​players: Adams' ​cross was dummied by Novo at the ​frontpost, ​allowing Smith to ​score from ​closerange.
(Definition of dummy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dummy" in American English

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dummynoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʌm·i/
  • dummy noun [C] (MODEL)

a ​largemodel of a ​human: They use crash-test dummies in ​order to ​improvesafetyequipment in ​cars.
  • dummy noun [C] (STUPID PERSON)

a ​stupid or ​sillyperson: Taxpayers are not dummies, and they are going to ​know how politicians are ​trying to ​fool them.

dummyadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdʌm·i/
not ​real but having a ​similarappearance to something ​else: They set up a dummy ​corporation to ​try to ​hidetheiridentities.
(Definition of dummy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dummy" in Business English

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dummynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdʌmi/ (plural dummies) MARKETING
a large ​model of a ​person, especially one used to show clothes in a ​store: If you want costumes or makeup to ​look really good, you can put it on a dummy.
something made to ​lookreal, used especially to ​test people's ​reaction to it: The ​displaycase was ​filled with ​testpackages and dummies to ​simulate the presence of ​foodproducts.

dummyadjective [ before noun]

uk   us   /ˈdʌmi/
made to seem ​real: He ​created a dummy ​magazine to show to ​potentialpublishers. To ​meet their monthly ​targets, ​salespeopleplaced dummy ​orders from ​friendlycustomers, ​cancelling them later.
LAW used to describe a ​company that is ​created in ​order to hide ​information, especially about who ​owns its ​assets: The ​agents set up dummy ​companies, ​acquireadvancedcomputers, and then they quietly ​fold and go ​home, taking their ​hardware with them.
(Definition of dummy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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