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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 liquid fuel or steam to produce movement: a jet engine a car engine My car's been having engine trouble recently.
(also locomotive) the part of a railway train that pulls it along
something that provides power, often economic power, for other things: For much of the 19th century Britain was the workshop of the world and the engine of economic growth.

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"engine" in American English

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enginenoun [C]

 us   /ˈen·dʒən/
a machine that uses the energy from fuel or steam to produce movement: 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 separate part of a train that pulls the other parts of the train.
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"engine" in Business English

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enginenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈendʒɪn/
a machine that uses energy to produce movement: 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 economic growth.
IT a computer program that performs a particular task: This is a new payment engine that can handle online payments securely.
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(Definition of engine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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