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"main" in British English

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mainadjective [before noun]

uk   /meɪn/ us   /meɪn/
B1 larger, more important, or having more influence than others of the same type: The main thing is not to worry. One of the main reasons I came to England was to study the language. You'll find the main points of my proposal in the report. Our main aim/objective is to improve the company's productivity. The main problem is a lack of resources. My main concern about moving to San Fransisco is the cost of housing.

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mainnoun

uk   /meɪn/ us   /meɪn/
  • main noun (PIPE)

[C] a large pipe that carries water or gas, or a wire carrying electricity, from one place to another, to which a house can be connected: a gas main The severe cold caused a water main to burst and flood the street.
mains [plural] UK
the system of pipes or wires that carry water or electricity into a house, or the pipes that carry sewage away from a house: The house isn't on the mains. They bought a house with no mains supply. mains electricity
the mains UK
the place at which outside pipes or wires carrying water, electricity, etc. connect with the system inside a house or building: Switch off the electricity at the mains before starting work.
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"main" in American English

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mainadjective [not gradable]

us   /meɪn/
most important or larger: The main thing is to keep calm and don’t get angry. The main social event of the summer was a dance and reception.

mainnoun [C]

us   /meɪn/
  • main noun [C] (PIPE)

a large pipe that is part of the system carrying water or gas from one place to another: A water main burst and flooded the street.
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"main" in Business English

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mainadjective

uk   /meɪn/ us  
biggest or most important: The report identified three main areas for improvement. Please go to the reception desk at the main entrance. British Airways, the company's main rival, had also seen an improvement . the main problem/reason/objective
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “main”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in Malaysian utama…
in French principal…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
in Italian principale, più importante…
in Turkish asıl, esas, temel…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Vietnamese chính, quan trọng nhất…
in Portuguese principal…
in Thai สำคัญที่สุด…
in German Haupt-……
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
in Indonesian utama…
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