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"heat" in British English

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heatnoun

uk   /hiːt/ us   /hiːt/
  • heat noun (TEMPERATURE)

B1 [S or U] the quality of being hot or warm, or the temperature of something: the heat of the sun/fire How do you manage to work in this heat without air conditioning? She always wore a coat, even in the heat of summer. Cook the meat on a high/low heat (= at a high/low temperature).

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  • heat noun (IN BUILDING)

A2 [U] US also mainly UK heating the system that keeps a building warm: Is the heat on?
  • heat noun (RACE)

[C] a less important race or competition in which it is decided who will compete in the final event

heatverb [I or T]

uk   /hiːt/ us   /hiːt/
B2 to make something hot or warm, or to become hot or warm: A large house like this must be expensive to heat. Shall I heat up some soup for lunch?

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

"heat" in American English

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heatnoun

  • heat noun (TEMPERATURE)

us   /hit/ [U] warmth, esp. a lot of warmth: the heat of the sun
physics us   /hit/ [U] Heat is also a form of energy that a substance has because of the movement of its molecules or atoms.
us   /hit/ [U] The heat can also mean hot weather: I thought I’d like living in Florida, but the heat was too much for me.
us   /hit/ [U] The heat is also the system in a building or a stove that controls the temperature: I’m freezing – can you turn up the heat? Lower the heat when the water starts to boil.
  • heat noun (POWER)

physics /hit/ [U] a type of energy that moves from one object or substance to another because of their difference in temperature
  • heat noun (EMOTION)

us   /hit/ [U] a state of strong emotion, esp. excitement or anger: The heat of his own argument swept him away. John apologized for the remarks he had made in the heat of the moment (= while he was angry or excited).
  • heat noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

us   /hit/ [U] responsibility or blame: We took a lot of heat for showing that on TV.
  • heat noun (COMPETITION)

us   /hit/ [C] a competition, esp. a race, in which it is decided who will compete in the final event
  • heat noun (BIOLOGY)

in heat biology
If an animal, esp. a female, is in heat, it is ready to breed.

heatverb [T]

us   /hit/
  • heat verb [T] (TEMPERATURE)

to make a place or thing warm: It costs a lot to heat this house. Heat the sauce in the microwave.
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(Definition of heat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heat" in Business English

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heatnoun

uk   /hiːt/ us   informal
feel/take/face the heat
to be in a difficult situation in which you have to deal with a lot of problems: Domestic retailers are feeling the heat from foreign competitors.
turn up the heat (on sb/sth) also put the heat on sb
to try to force someone or something to do something in order to get the result you want: OPEC could turn up the heat by increasing oil prices still further.
(Definition of heat from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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