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greyadjective

(US usually gray) uk   us   /ɡreɪ/
  • grey adjective (COLOUR)

A1 of the ​colour that is a ​mixture of ​black and ​white, the ​colour of ​rainclouds: a grey ​skyC2 having ​hair that has ​become grey or ​white, usually because of ​age: He ​started to go/​turn grey in his mid-forties.B2 used to ​describe the ​weather when there are a lot of ​clouds and little ​light: Night ​turned into ​morning, grey and ​cold.
greyness
noun [U] (US usually grayness) uk   us   /ˈɡreɪ.nəs/

greynoun [C or U]

(US usually gray) uk   us   /ɡreɪ/
A2 the ​colour that is a ​mixture of ​black and ​white, the ​colour of ​rainclouds: She was ​dressed in grey.

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greyverb [I]

(US usually gray) uk   us   /ɡreɪ/
(Definition of grey from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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greyadjective

 us   /ɡreɪ/ esp. Cdn Br
gray
(Definition of grey from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grey" in Business English

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greyadjective [before noun]

UK ( US gray) uk   us   /ɡreɪ/
COMMERCE, ECONOMICS used to describe an ​unofficial but not ​illegalsystem in which ​products are ​bought in a ​foreign country and ​sold more ​cheaply than in the manufacturer's usual ​distributionsystem: Grey ​tradegoods
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MARKETING used to describe ​people over about 50, considered as a ​group: The grey ​generation are ​turning their ​backs on ​employment and ​starting their own ​businesses.
(Definition of grey from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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