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Meaning of “machine” in the English Dictionary

"machine" in British English

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machinenoun [C]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/
  • machine noun [C] (PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

A2 a ​piece of ​equipment with several ​movingparts that uses ​power to do a ​particulartype of ​work: The different ​sizes of ​eggs are ​sorted by a machine. If I'm not ​home when you ​call, ​leave a ​message on the machine (= ​answering machine). Don't ​forget to put the ​towels in the machine (= ​washing machine) before you go out. I got some ​chocolate from a vending machine.

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  • machine noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

a ​group of ​people who ​control and ​organize something: Churchill's war machine The party machine has ​swung into ​action with ​itspreparation for the ​election. It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to ​restore the leader's ​image.

machineverb [T]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/
to ​sewcloth with a ​sewing machine: I've ​almostfinished making the ​curtains - I just have to machine the ​hem.
(Definition of machine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"machine" in American English

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machinenoun [C]

 us   /məˈʃin/
a ​device with ​movingparts that uses ​power to do ​work of a ​particulartype: a ​sewing/​washing machine an ​answering machine politics & government A machine is also a ​group of ​people who ​control a ​politicalorganization: He was a ​product of an old-line ​party machine.
(Definition of machine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"machine" in Business English

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machinenoun [C]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/
PRODUCTION a ​piece of ​equipment with ​movingparts that uses ​power to do a particular ​type of ​work: The machines were ​designed to make bottles from ​recycledplastic.operate/use a machine Now only a few ​people are ​required to ​operate the ​computerized machines. install/service a machine Soft drink ​companies began ​installingvending machines in schools. Is the machine ​working again? a machine breaks down The machine ​broke down and we had to ​call someone to come and ​mend it. a washing/sewing/copying machine Slowly ​feed the ​paper into the ​copying machine.a machine for (doing) sth He ​invented a machine for setting ​type. They use a ​special machine to ​scan the bone. by machine The ​votes are counted by machine. a machine ​operator/​maker
IT a ​computer: You'll need a powerful machine for ​editingvideos. Most machines ​running these ​programs have ​poornetworkconnections.
a ​group of ​people who ​control and ​organize something: political/publicity machine The ​publicity machine will not ​quit when the ​booktour grinds to a halt. The hard ​left wanted ​ministers to be ​accountable to the ​party machine. His ​businessempire has ​grown into a well-oiled machine.

machineverb [T]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/
PRODUCTION to make or ​change the ​shape of something using a machine: Each ​hole has to be ​accurately machined. The ​sides are carefully machined to ​fit the cylinders.
(Definition of machine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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