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Meaning of “language” in the English Dictionary

"language" in British English

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languagenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪdʒ/
A1 a ​system of ​communication consisting of ​sounds, words, and ​grammar, or the ​system of ​communication used by ​people in a ​particularcountry or ​type of ​work: She does ​research into how ​childrenacquire language. Do you speak any ​foreign languages?" I'm ​hopeless at ​learning languages. the ​English language legal/​technical language the language of ​business Java and Perl are both ​importantcomputerprogramming languages (= ​systems of writing ​instructions for ​computers).

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

"language" in American English

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languagenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈlæŋ·ɡwɪdʒ/
a ​system of ​communication by ​speaking, writing, or making ​signs in a way that can be ​understood, or any of the different ​systems of ​communication used in ​particularregions: [C] the ​English language [C] American Sign Language [C] He ​speaks six ​foreign languages. [U] Her language ​skills are ​excellent. Language is also a ​particulartype of ​expression: [U] beautiful language [U] foul language (= ​offensive words) In ​computer programming, a language is a ​system of writing ​instructions for ​computers.
(Definition of language from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"language" in Business English

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languagenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
COMMUNICATIONS the ​method of ​humancommunication that uses speaking and writing, or the ​system of ​communication in speaking and writing that is used by the ​people of a particular country: learn/understand a language It's easier to learn a language when you're younger.speak/use a language 35% of ​residents speak a language other than English at ​home. Many British ​people speak no foreign languages.in a language Business ​deals often go more smoothly if you can speak to ​people in their own language. Too many children ​leave school with ​poor language ​skills, unable to compose a ​letter or ​email. The ​companyoffers language ​classes for ​employeesposted abroad.
COMMUNICATIONS a particular ​style of speaking or writing, for ​example, one that is used by the ​people doing a particular ​job: When you are giving ​instructions, make sure you use language that everyone can understand.the language of sth They speak the language of ​internationalfinance.
IT written ​instructions, for ​example, ​rules and ​symbols, given to a ​computer so it can understand what the ​userwants it to do: This ​version of the UNIX language ​serves as a ​softwareplatform for ​computerprograms.
speak/talk the same language to understand someone because you have the same way of ​thinking about things, or of doing things: Our ​businesses complement each other, and we speak the same language.
(Definition of language from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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