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"machine" in British English

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machinenoun [C]

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

A2 a piece of equipment with several moving parts that uses power to do a particular type 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] (VEHICLE)

informal a vehicle, often a motorcycle: approving That's a mean (= powerful) machine you've got there, Bill.
  • 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 its preparation for the election. It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to restore the leader's image.

machineverb [T]

uk   /məˈʃiːn/  us   /məˈʃiːn/
to sew cloth with a sewing machine: I've almost finished 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 moving parts that uses power to do work of a particular type: a sewing/washing machine an answering machine
politics & government A machine is also a group of people who control a political organization: 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 moving parts that uses power to do a particular type of work: The machines were designed to make bottles from recycled plastic.operate/use a machine Now only a few people are required to operate the computerized machines. install/service a machine Soft drink companies began installing vending 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 editing videos. Most machines running these programs have poor network connections.
a group of people who control and organize something: political/publicity machine The publicity machine will not quit when the book tour grinds to a halt. The hard left wanted ministers to be accountable to the party machine. His business empire 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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