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"knife" in British English

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knifenoun [C]

uk   us   /naɪf/ (plural knives)
A1 a ​tool, usually with a ​metalblade and a ​handle, used for ​cutting and ​spreadingfood or other ​substances, or as a ​weapon: a ​fish/​butter/​steak knife I ​prefer to use a knife and ​fork. He drew/​pulled a knife and ​stabbed her.

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knifeverb [T]

uk   us   /naɪf/
to ​attack someone using a knife: He knifed her in the back.
(Definition of knife from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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knifenoun [C]

 us   /nɑɪf/ (plural knives  /nɑɪvz/ )
a ​tool or ​weapon used for ​cutting, usually consisting of a ​metalblade and a ​handle: a ​sharp knife We took ​plastic knives and ​forks on ​ourpicnic.

knifeverb [T]

 us   /nɑɪf/
to ​push a knife into someone to ​hurt them
(Definition of knife from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “knife”
in Korean 칼…
in Arabic سِكّين…
in Malaysian pisau…
in French couteau…
in Russian нож…
in Chinese (Traditional) 刀…
in Italian coltello…
in Turkish bıçak…
in Polish nóż…
in Spanish cuchillo, puñal…
in Vietnamese con dao, dao găm…
in Portuguese faca…
in Thai มีด, ดาบ…
in German das Messer…
in Catalan ganivet…
in Japanese ナイフ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 刀…
in Indonesian pisau, belati…
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