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"gratuity" in British English

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gratuitynoun [C]

uk   /ɡrəˈtʃuː.ə.ti/  us   /ɡrəˈtuː.ə.t̬i/
formal a small amount of money for someone who has provided you with a service, in addition to the official amount and for their personal use: The guides sometimes receive gratuities from the tourists, which supplement their salaries.
UK a large amount of money given to someone on leaving their job: 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 gratuity even 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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