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"magistrate" in British English

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magistratenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /-strət/ 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)
Translations of “magistrate”
in Spanish magistrado…
in Vietnamese quan tòa…
in Malaysian majistret…
in Thai ผู้พิพากษา…
in French magistrat…
in German der Friedensrichter…
in Chinese (Simplified) (审理轻微案件的)地方法官…
in Turkish sulh yargıcı, sulh hukuk hâkimi…
in Russian судья (низшей инстанции)…
in Indonesian hakim…
in Chinese (Traditional) (審理輕微案件的)地方法官…
in Polish sędzia (pokoju)…
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