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Meaning of “literature” in the English Dictionary

"literature" in British English

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literaturenoun [U]

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.ɪ.tʃər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.ɪ.tʃɚ/
  • literature noun [U] (WRITING)

B1 written ​artisticworks, ​especially those with a high and ​lastingartisticvalue: classical/​modern literature "Wuthering Heights" is a ​classic of ​English literature.

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  • literature noun [U] (SPECIALIST TEXTS)

all the ​informationrelating to a ​subject, ​especiallyinformation written by ​experts: It's ​important to ​keepup-to-date with the literature in ​yourfield. There is very little literature on the ​disease.
  • literature noun [U] (INFORMATION)

printedmaterialpublished by a ​company that is ​intended to ​encouragepeople to ​buy that company's ​products or ​services; ​material that an ​organizationpublishes in ​order to ​persuadepeople to ​agree with ​itsopinions: Could you ​send me ​your literature on/aboutcarinsurancepolicies, ​please? The Republicans were ​quick to ​highlight the Democrats' ​proposedtaxincreases in ​their campaign literature.
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"literature" in American English

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literaturenoun [U]

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ə·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/
  • literature noun [U] (WRITING)

writing that has ​lastingvalue as ​art: The ​course in ​English literature ​covers Shakespeare’s ​plays.
  • literature noun [U] (INFORMATION)

all the ​information written about a ​subject: The ​medical literature is ​full of ​examples of ​accidentaldiscoveries that ​led to ​importantadvances in ​science. Literature is also ​printedmaterialpublished by a ​company that ​informspeople about ​itsproducts or ​services: They ​handed out literature at the ​meeting about ​their new ​software.
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"literature" in Business English

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literaturenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈlɪtrətʃər/
all the ​informationrelating to a ​subject, especially ​information written by ​specialists: It's important to ​keepup-to-date with the literature in your ​field. Studies in ​technologymanagement literature ​propose that radical ​innovationsincreasecompanyperformance and ​competitiveadvantage.
printedmaterialpublished by a ​company, etc. to encourage ​people to ​buy its ​products or ​services: sales/​promotional literatureliterature on/about sth Could you ​send me your literature on ​carinsurancepolicies, please?
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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