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"honour" in British English

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honournoun

UK US honor uk   /ˈɒn.ər/ us   /ˈɑː.nɚ/
  • honour noun (RESPECT)

B2 [U] a quality that combines respect, being proud, and honesty: a man of honour We fought for the honour of our country.
in honour of sb/sth
B2 in order to celebrate or show great respect for someone or something: a banquet in honour of the president
be/feel honour bound to do sth also be/feel honour-bound to do sth
to feel you must do something because it is morally right, even if you do not want to do it: I felt honour bound to tell him the truth.
do sb the honour of doing sth formal
to make someone proud and happy by doing or being something: Would you do me the honour of accompanying me to the New Year Ball?
Your/His/Her Honour formal
the way to address or refer to a judge: Yes, Your Honour. The case was dealt with by Her Honour Judge Kirkham.

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  • honour noun (REWARD)

[C] a reward, prize, or title that publicly expresses admiration or respect: She received an honour for her services to the community. He was buried with full military honours (= with a special celebration to show respect).
with honours
If you complete a school or university qualification with honours, you achieve a high standard.

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honourverb [T]

UK US honor uk   /ˈɒn.ər/ us   /ˈɑː.nɚ/
  • honour verb [T] (RESPECT)

C1 to show great respect for someone or something, especially in public: He was honoured for his bravery.formal We are honoured (= proud and happy) to have you here tonight. I would be honoured to meet him.
To honour a promise or agreement is to do what you said you would: They decided not to honour an existing order for aircraft.

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

"honour" in Business English

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honourverb [T]

UK US honor uk   /ˈɒnər/ us  
to do what you promised or agreed to do: honour an agreement/contract/deal All existing contracts will be honoured. honour a commitment/pledge/promise
to allow a cheque, ticket, etc. to be used: The bank was contractually obliged to honour the cheque even when this put the account into the red.
to pay money owed: to honour a claim/debt

honournoun

UK US honor uk   /ˈɒnər/ us  
[U] respect that people have for a person or an organization: The world's top investment banks are competing for the honour and income that comes from winning these contracts.a badge of honour A high credit rating is a badge of honour for the treasuries of developed economies.
[C] a reward, prize, or title that expresses admiration or respect: be awarded/receive an honoura great/high/huge honour She has been awarded one of the highest honors in business and technology by the US government.
honours [plural] abbreviation hons, also Hons UK
a level of university qualification that is a higher standard than the basic level: an honours degree to graduate with honours
Your Honour UK US Your Honor
formal LAW the title of respect used when speaking to a judge: "I object, Your Honour", he said.
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