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loomverb [I]

 us   /lum/
  • loom verb [I] (APPEAR)

to ​appear, esp. when ​seeminglarge and ​threatening: Record ​budgetdeficits, now ​running well above $200 ​billion a ​year, loom over the ​recovery.
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loomnoun [C]

 us   /lum/
  • loom noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​piece of ​equipment on which ​thread is ​woven into ​cloth
(Definition of loom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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loomverb [I]

uk   us   /luːm/
if an unpleasant ​event looms, it will probably ​happen and makes ​people worry: Stocks of heating ​oil are at their ​lowestlevels for ​years, and another ​crisis may be looming. The ​company is in serious ​financial trouble, with more ​debt looming on the horizon.sth looms over sb/sth The threat of ​closure looms over the ​workforce.
loom large if something looms large, it becomes very important and could cause serious problems: Food ​retailers became nervous as the threat of a ​pricewar loomed large.
(Definition of loom from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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