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"fundamental" in British English

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fundamentaladjective

uk   /ˌfʌn.dəˈmen.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
C2 forming the ​base, from which everything ​elsedevelops: We need to make fundamental changes to the way in which we ​treatourenvironment. It's one of the fundamental differences between men and women. The ​school is ​based on the fundamental principle that all ​children should ​reachtheirfullpotential. Diversity is of fundamentalimportance to all ​ecosystems and all ​economies.C2 more ​important than anything ​else: Some ​understanding of ​grammar is fundamental tolearning a ​language.

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

"fundamental" in American English

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fundamentaladjective

 us   /ˌfʌn·dəˈmen·təl/
being the most ​basic or most ​important thing on which other things ​depend: fundamental ​beliefs/​principles We need to make fundamental ​changes in the way we ​treatourenvironment.
fundamentally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌfʌn·dəˈmen·təl·i/
Their ​economy was fundamentally (= ​basically) in good ​shape.
fundamentals
plural noun  us   /ˌfʌn·dəˈmen·təlz/
In the early ​grades, ​childrenlearn the fundamentals of ​reading.
(Definition of fundamental from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fundamental" in Business English

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fundamentaladjective

uk   us   /ˌfʌndəˈmentəl/
FINANCE, ECONOMICS used to describe the basic causes of ​changes in the ​value of ​shares, etc. that ​relate to the ​condition of ​companies and the ​economy: Fundamental ​factors will have the most ​impact on ​currency.
very important and basic: fundamental in/to sth The ​multilateraltradingsystem has been fundamental in ​economicsuccess. There is no need to ​change anything fundamental about the way the ​businessworks.
(Definition of fundamental from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fundamental”
in Korean 근본적인…
in Arabic أساسي…
in Malaysian asas…
in French fondamental…
in Russian фундаментальный, существенный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基礎的, 基本的, 主要的…
in Italian fondamentale…
in Turkish temel, asıl, esas…
in Polish podstawowy, zasadniczy…
in Spanish fundamental…
in Vietnamese cơ bản, chủ yếu…
in Portuguese fundamental…
in Thai ที่เป็นพื้นฐาน…
in German grundlegend…
in Catalan fonamental…
in Japanese 根本的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基础的, 基本的, 主要的…
in Indonesian sangat penting…
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