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"engine" in British English

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enginenoun [C]

uk   /ˈen.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈen.dʒɪn/
A2 a ​machine that uses the ​energy from ​liquidfuel or ​steam to ​producemovement: a ​jet engine a ​car engine My car's been having engine ​troublerecently.
(also locomotive) the ​part of a ​railwaytrain that ​pulls it along
something that ​providespower, often ​economicpower, for other things: For much of the 19th ​centuryBritain was the ​workshop of the ​world and the engine of ​economicgrowth.

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

"engine" in American English

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enginenoun [C]

 us   /ˈen·dʒən/
a ​machine that uses the ​energy from ​fuel or ​steam to ​producemovement: The ​car has a four-cylinder engine. fig. The health-care ​industry has been an engine of ​growth. The ​plane was ​forced to ​land because of engine ​problems.
An engine (also (also locomotive)) is a ​separatepart of a ​train that ​pulls the other ​parts of the ​train.
(Definition of engine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engine" in Business English

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enginenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈendʒɪn/
a ​machine that uses ​energy to ​producemovement: a jet engine a ​car/​aircraft engine
something that makes something ​happen, or that ​influences it ​strongly: For much of the 19th century Britain was the ​workshop of the ​world and the engine of ​economicgrowth.
IT a ​computerprogram that ​performs a particular ​task: This is a new ​payment engine that can ​handleonlinepayments securely.
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(Definition of engine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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