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gratuitynoun [C]

uk   /ɡrəˈtjuː.ə.ti/  us   /-ˈtuː.ə.t̬i/
formal a ​smallamount of ​money for someone who has ​provided you with a ​service, in ​addition to the ​officialamount and for ​theirpersonal use: The ​guides sometimes ​receive gratuities from the ​tourists, which ​supplementtheirsalaries. UK a ​largeamount of ​money given to someone on ​leavingtheirjob: After he was ​disabled in the ​accident, he ​left the ​army with a ​one-off gratuity of £5,000.
(Definition of gratuity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gratuitynoun [C]

 us   /ɡrəˈtu·ɪ·t̬i/ fml
an ​amount of ​money given as a ​reward for a ​service; ​tip
(Definition of gratuity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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gratuitynoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡrəˈtjuːəti/ (plural gratuities) COMMERCE
an ​amount of ​money given by a ​customer to someone who has ​provided a ​service, especially in a ​hotel or ​restaurant: Many ​customers leave a gratuityeven if the ​service has been ​bad. The ​bill came to $200 ​plus a 15% gratuity.
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an ​amount of ​money given to someone who has done something ​special for you : I would never take a gratuity of any ​kind from anyone when doing ​business. Officers were ​charged with ​accepting illegal gratuities.
an ​amount of ​money given to an ​employee who ​leaves a ​job: a terminal/​retirement gratuity He ​left with an ill-health gratuity ​payment from the ​company.
(Definition of gratuity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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