Meaning of “horizon” in the English Dictionary

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"horizon" in British English

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horizonnoun [ S ]

uk /həˈraɪ.zən/ us /həˈraɪ.zən/

C2 the line at the farthest place that you can see, where the sky seems to touch the land or sea:

The moon rose slowly above the horizon.
We could see a row of camels silhouetted on the horizon.

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  • Do you think those are rain clouds on the horizon?
  • Here, too, the threat of unemployment has been looming on the horizon.
  • A broad sweep of flat countryside stretched to the horizon in all directions.
  • Doug scanned the horizon for any sign of the boat.
  • I hoped that going to university might broaden my horizons .

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

"horizon" in American English

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horizonnoun

us /həˈrɑɪ·zən/

the place in the distance where the earth and sky seem to meet:

[ U ] We watched the horizon as the sun set.

A person’s horizons are the limit of that person’s ideas, knowledge, and experience:

[ pl ] Spending her junior year abroad has broadened her horizons.

(Definition of “horizon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)