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Meaning of “major” in the English Dictionary

"major" in British English

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majoradjective

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/
  • major adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 [before noun] more ​important, ​bigger, or more ​serious than ​others of the same ​type: All of her major ​plays have been ​translated into ​English. Sugar is a major ​cause of ​toothdecay. There are two ​problems with this ​situation, one major, one ​minor. Citrus ​fruits are a major ​source of ​vitamin C. There has been a major ​change in ​attitudesrecently. The United States is a major ​influence in the United Nations.

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majornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/
  • major noun [C] (OFFICER)

(also Major) an ​officer of ​middlerank in the British, US, and many other ​armedforces: Her ​father was a major in the ​ScotsGuards. Major Winters/Richard Winters [as form of address] Thank you, Major.
  • major noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

US the most ​importantsubject that a ​college or ​universitystudent is ​studying, or the ​student himself or herself: What is ​your major, ​English or ​French? She was a ​philosophy major at an Ivy League ​college.

majorverb

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/
major in sth US B2 to ​study something as ​yourmainsubject at ​college or ​university: She majored in ​philosophy at Harvard.
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"major" in American English

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majoradjective

 us   /ˈmeɪ·dʒər/
  • major adjective (IMPORTANT)

[not gradable] more ​important, ​bigger, or more ​serious than ​others of the same ​type: Fresh ​fruits are a major ​source of ​vitamin C. We ​awaited major new ​developments in the ​peacetalks.
  • major adjective (MUSIC)

music based on a ​scale (= ​series of ​musicalnotes) in which there is a ​wholestep (= ​sounddifference) between each ​note except between the third and fourth ​notes and the seventh and eighth ​notes: a major ​scale a major ​chord

majornoun [C]

 us   /ˈmeɪ·dʒər/
  • major noun [C] (OFFICER)

a ​militaryofficer of ​middlerank, above a ​captain
  • major noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

the most ​importantsubject that a ​college or ​universitystudent is ​studying, or the ​studentstudying that ​subject: an ​English major
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"major" in Business English

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majoradjective

uk   us   /ˈmeɪdʒər/
very large, important, or powerful, especially when compared with others of the same ​type: a ​raillinkconnecting major ​European cities Exports ​play a major role in ​key sub-sectors. Our ​prices are ​lower on 2,000 ​items than those of all our major ​competitors. major ​companies/​corporations/​retailers
a major ​change, difference, etc. affects a lot of ​people or ​organizations, sometimes in a way that causes difficulties for them: Lack of ​skilledworkers has become a major problem in recent ​years. Governments now face major ​challenges in ​addressing problems in the ​globaleconomy. a major ​barrier/obstacle/​boost

majornoun [C, usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪdʒər/
COMMERCE one of the most important ​companies in a particular ​industry: The majors are ​projected to ​collect up to $1 ​trillion in ​profits over the next 10 ​years. Among the majors, this ​airlineranks first for on-time ​arrivals . oil/​industry/​supermarket majors
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “major”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic مُهِم, كَبير…
in Malaysian besar…
in French majeur…
in Russian крупный, важный, мажорный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 重要的, 較重要的, 主要的…
in Italian maggiore, più importante…
in Turkish ana, esas, büyük…
in Polish podstawowy, ważny, dur…
in Spanish mayor, principal…
in Vietnamese chủ yếu, lớn…
in Portuguese principal, importante…
in Thai สำคัญมาก…
in German bedeutend…
in Catalan important, gran…
in Japanese 主要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重要的, 较重要的, 主要的…
in Indonesian besar…
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