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"ear" in British English

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earnoun [C]

uk   /ɪər/  us   /ɪr/
  • ear noun [C] (BODY PART)

A1 either of the two ​organs, one on each ​side of the ​head, by which ​people or ​animalshearsounds, or the ​piece of ​skin and ​tissueoutside the ​headconnected to this ​organ: The ​hearing in my ​left ear's not so good. She ​leaned over and ​whispered something in his ear.
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(Definition of ear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ear" in American English

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earnoun [C]

 us   /ɪər/
  • ear noun [C] (BODY PART)

either of the two ​organs in the ​head by which ​people or ​animalshearsounds, or the ​part of this ​organ that is ​outside the ​head
  • ear noun [C] (PLANT PART)

the ​toppart of a ​grainplant, such as ​wheat, which ​contains the ​seeds: an ear of ​corn
(Definition of ear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"EAR" in Business English

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EARnoun [C]

uk   us   BANKING, FINANCE
abbreviation for Effective Annual Rate: the ​rate of ​interestpaid on an ​investment or a ​loan in one ​year that ​includes compoundinterest (= ​interestcalculated on both the ​amount of ​money and the ​interestadded to it): The bank's ​overdraftrate is 0.94% (11.9% EAR).
(Definition of EAR from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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