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"magistrate" in British English

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magistratenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.strət/  us   /ˈmædʒ.ə.streɪt/  /ˈmædʒ.ə.strɪt/ UK (US magistrate judge)
C1 a ​person who ​acts as a ​judge in a ​lawcourt that ​deals with crimes that are less ​serious: He will appear before the magistrates ​tomorrow. Greenway ​appeared at Bow Street Magistrates' Court to ​face seven ​charges of ​acceptingbribes.

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  • He was ​hauled up in ​front of a magistrate.
  • If he doesn't ​pay the ​finesoon, he'll be up before the magistrate.
  • Paul is a magistrate.
  • I'm doing a ​course for magistrates.
  • How do you ​become a magistrate?.
(Definition of magistrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"magistrate" in American English

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magistratenoun [C]

 us   /ˈmædʒ·əˌstreɪt/
a ​judge in a ​lawcourt who ​deals with ​crimes that are not ​serious
(Definition of magistrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"magistrate" in Business English

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magistratenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmædʒɪstreɪt/ LAW
a judge, often, in the UK, one without ​legaltraining, in a ​lawcourt that ​deals with ​crimes that are not serious: appear before/be brought before a magistrate He appeared before a ​federal magistrate in New Orleans to face ​charges of ​acceptingbribes.become/appoint a magistrate Every magistrate is ​appointed to a ​localcriminaljusticearea.
(Definition of magistrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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