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"gear" in British English

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gearnoun

uk   /ɡɪər/  us   /ɡɪr/
  • gear noun (ENGINE PART)

B2 [C or U] a device, often consisting of connecting sets of wheels with teeth (= points) around the edge, that controls how much power from an engine goes to the moving parts of a machine: Does your car have five or six gears? I couldn't find reverse gear. The car should be in gear (= with its gears in position, allowing the vehicle to move). When you start a car you need to be in first (US also low) gear.figurative After a slow start, the leadership campaign suddenly shifted into top gear (= started to advance very quickly).

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  • gear noun (CLOTHES/EQUIPMENT)

B2 [U] UK the equipment, clothes, etc. that you use to do a particular activity: fishing/camping gear Police in riot gear (= protective clothing) arrived to control the protesters.
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B2 informal clothes: She wears all the latest gear.

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

"gear" in American English

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gearnoun

 us   /ɡɪr/
  • gear noun (MACHINE PART)

(in a machine) a wheel having pointed parts around the edge that come together with similar parts of other wheels to control how much power from an engine goes to the moving parts of a machine
In a vehicle, a gear is any of several limited ranges of power that are used for different speeds: [U] Use second gear going up a steep hill.
  • gear noun (EQUIPMENT)

gearverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /ɡɪr/
to make something ready or suitable for a particular purpose: [T] Our program is geared to the needs of children.
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(Definition of gear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"gear" in Business English

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gearnoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡɪər/
a system or piece of equipment: A good place to connect with other consumers is Epinions.com, which posts reviews on all sorts of gadgets and gear. computer/electronic/networking gear
equipment or clothes that are used for a particular activity: The workers said they received no protective gear or warnings about the dangers of asbestos.
informal the speed at which something happens or is done: After a slow start, the leadership campaign suddenly shifted into gear. high/low/top gear
move/step up a gear UK informal
to start to do something better or faster: The price war stepped up a gear yesterday when two major chains announced they were cutting the cost of petrol.
(Definition of gear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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