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"hyphen" in British English

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hyphennoun [C]

uk   /ˈhaɪ.fən/  us   /ˈhaɪ.fən/
B2 the ​symbol -, used to ​join two words together, or to show that a word has been ​divided into two ​parts at the end of one ​line and the ​beginning of the next: There are hyphens in "​well-to-do".
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  • Where should I put the hyphen to ​break the word '​authority'?
  • There is a hyphen between the two ​names.
(Definition of hyphen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hyphen" in American English

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hyphennoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑɪ·fən/
the ​mark (-) used in writing to ​join two words together, or between the ​syllables of a word when it is ​divided at the end of a ​line of ​text
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verb [T]  us   /ˈhɑɪ·fəˌneɪt/
She hyphenates her first ​name, Anne-Marie.
(Definition of hyphen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hyphen”
in Korean 하이픈…
in Arabic شَرطة (-)…
in Malaysian tanda sengkang…
in French trait d’union…
in Russian дефис…
in Chinese (Traditional) 連字號…
in Italian trattino…
in Turkish tire (-), ara çizgi…
in Polish łącznik, kreseczka…
in Spanish guión…
in Vietnamese dấu nối…
in Portuguese hífen…
in Thai เครื่องหมายยัติภังค์…
in German der Bindestrich…
in Catalan guionet…
in Japanese ハイフン(-)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 连字符…
in Indonesian garis pendek…
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“hyphen” in American English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
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April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

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