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"elevator" in British English

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elevatornoun [C]

uk   /ˈel.ɪ.veɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
A2 US (UK lift) a ​device like a ​box that ​moves up and down, ​carryingpeople or ​goods from one ​floor of a ​building to another or taking ​people up and down ​underground in a mine a conveyor (= ​movingstrip) that can be used for ​removinggoods from a ​ship, putting ​bags onto an ​aircraft, ​movinggrain, etc.
(Definition of elevator from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elevator" in American English

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elevatornoun [C]

 us   /ˈel·əˌveɪ·t̬ər/
a ​piece of ​equipment, usually in the ​form of a ​smallroom, that ​carriespeople or ​goodsstraight up and down in ​tallbuildings
(Definition of elevator from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"elevator" in Business English

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elevatornoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈelɪveɪtər/
US ( UK lift) WORKPLACE a ​smallroom in a ​tallbuilding which ​carriespeople or ​goods up and down to different ​levels of the ​building: I took the elevator to her ​office on the fourteenth ​floor.
a ​movingstrip which can be used for taking ​goods off a ​ship, putting bags onto an ​aircraft, etc.: They ​place the ​bales onto an elevator that ​transports them to a ​shreddingmill.
(Definition of elevator from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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