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"instrument" in British English

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instrumentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪn.strə.mənt/ us   /ˈɪn.strə.mənt/
  • instrument noun [C] (MUSIC)

A2 also musical instrument an object, such as a piano, guitar, or drum, that is played to produce musical sounds: Which instrument do you play?

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  • instrument noun [C] (TOOL)

C1 a tool or other device, especially one without electrical power, used for performing a particular piece of work: surgical instruments instruments of torture The man's injuries had obviously been caused by a blunt instrument.
a device used for measuring speed, height, etc. in vehicles, especially aircraft: the instrument panel The lightning had damaged the plane's instruments, and they weren't giving any readings.
C2 formal a way of achieving or causing something: He saw the theatre as an instrument of change - a way of forcing people to consider social and political issues.

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  • instrument noun [C] (FINANCE)

a type of investment in a company or in government debt that can be traded on the financial markets: They trade in the debt instruments of developing countries. increasingly complex financial instruments
(Definition of instrument from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instrument" in American English

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instrumentnoun [C]

us   /ˈɪn·strə·mənt/
  • instrument noun [C] (MUSIC)

an object, such as a piano, guitar, or flute, which is played to produce musical sounds: He plays saxophone, trumpet, and several other instruments.
  • instrument noun [C] (TOOL)

a tool or other device used for doing a particular piece of work: surgical instruments
(Definition of instrument from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"instrument" in Business English

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instrumentnoun [C]

also financial instrument uk   /ˈɪnstrəmənt/ us  
FINANCE a financial asset that can be bought or sold, such as a bond, share, or other security : Fixed-income instruments include bonds, Treasury bills, and notes. This will still leave sufficient funds in low-risk instruments such as the debt market. Hedging instruments such as futures contracts are priced in dollars.
a tool, especially one without electrical power, used for performing a particular piece of work: surgical/precision/optical instrument The first optical instruments were telescopes.
a piece of equipment used for measuring speed, height, etc. in vehicles, especially aircraft: flight instruments
a way of achieving or causing something: The main instrument of change was the bank credit card.
LAW a legal document: This is a legal instrument and both claims will have to be decided by the English High Court.
(Definition of instrument from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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