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"joint" in British English

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jointadjective

uk   /dʒɔɪnt/  us   /dʒɔɪnt/
B2 belonging to or shared between two or more people: a joint bank account The project was a joint effort between the two schools (= they worked on it together). The two Russian ice skaters came joint second (= they were both given second prize) in the world championships. In court, the parents were awarded joint custody of their son (= the right to care for him was shared between them).

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jointly
adverb uk   /ˈdʒɔɪnt.li/  us   /ˈdʒɔɪnt.li/
C1 The Channel Tunnel was jointly funded by the French and British.

jointnoun [C]

uk   /dʒɔɪnt/  us   /dʒɔɪnt/

jointverb [T]

uk   /dʒɔɪnt/  us   /dʒɔɪnt/
to cut meat into large pieces ready for cooking
(Definition of joint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"joint" in American English

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jointadjective [not gradable]

 us   /dʒɔɪnt/
belonging to or shared between two or more people: Do you and your husband have a joint bank account or separate accounts? In court, the parents were awarded joint custody of their son (= the right to care for him was shared between them).
joint venture
A joint venture is a business that gets its money from two or more partners.
jointly
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈdʒɔɪnt·li/
Construction of the new high school will be jointly funded by the city and the state.

jointnoun [C]

 us   /dʒɔɪnt/
  • joint noun [C] (BODY PART)

a place in the body where two bones meet: Good running shoes are supposed to reduce the stress on the ankle, knee, and hip joints.
  • joint noun [C] (CONNECTION)

a place where two things are joined together: Metal joints in the bridge allow it to expand or contract with changes in air temperature.
  • joint noun [C] (PLACE)

slang a cheap restaurant: a hamburger joint
slang A joint is also a place where people go for some type of entertainment: a jazz joint
(Definition of joint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"joint" in Business English

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jointadjective

uk   us   /dʒɔɪnt/
belonging to or shared between two or more people or organizations: a joint bank account The new Centre for Innovation was a joint effort between the private sector, the public sector, and several universities.
(Definition of joint from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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