graft Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"graft" in British English

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graftnoun

uk   /ɡrɑːft/  us   /ɡræft/

graft noun (PIECE)

[C] a ​piece of ​healthyskin or ​bonecut from one ​part of a person's ​body and used to ​repair another ​damagedpart, or a ​piececut from one ​livingplant and ​attached to another ​plant so that it ​grows there: He has had a skin graft on his ​badlyburnedarm.

graft noun (WORK)

[U] UK informal work: I've never been ​afraid of hard graft.

graft noun (INFLUENCE)

[U] mainly US the ​act of getting ​money or ​advantage through the ​dishonest use of ​politicalpower and ​influence: The ​wholegovernment was ​riddled with graft, ​bribery, and ​corruption.

graftverb

uk   /ɡrɑːft/  us   /ɡræft/

graft verb (ADD PIECE)

[T] to take and put in ​place a graft: Skin was ​removed from her ​leg and grafted on/onto her ​face. [T] to ​join or ​add something new: The ​managementtriedunsuccessfully to graft new ​workingmethods onto the ​existingways of doing things.

graft verb (WORK)

[I] UK informal to ​work hard: It was very ​sad that after ​spending all those ​years grafting (away), he ​died so ​soon after he ​retired.
grafter
noun [C] uk   /ˈɡrɑːf.tər/  us   /ˈɡræf.tɚ/ UK informal
a hard ​worker
(Definition of graft from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"graft" in American English

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graftnoun

 us   /ɡræft/

graft noun (INFLUENCE)

[U] (esp. in ​politics) the ​obtaining of ​money or ​advantage through the ​dishonest use of ​power and ​influence: His ​administration was ​marked by ​widespread graft and ​crime.

graft noun (TISSUE)

[C] biology a ​piece of ​healthyskin or ​bonecut usually from a person’s own ​body and used to ​repair a ​damagedpart on that ​person [C] biology A graft is also a ​piececut from a ​livingplant and ​fixed to another ​plant so that it ​grows there.
graft
verb [T]  us   /ɡræft/
(Definition of graft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"graft" in Business English

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graftnoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡrɑːft/ LAW
US illegalactivities involving dishonest use of ​power and ​money: Corruption in ​government is common, and several ​electedofficials are ​suspected of graft. graft ​charge/​allegation/​investigation
UK informal hard ​work: The ​students, all from ​poor families, tell stories of hard graft and ​achievement.

graftverb [I]

uk   us   /ɡrɑːft/
UK informal to ​work hard: We'll have to graft like mad to be ​ranked in the ​top ten this ​year.
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(Definition of graft from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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