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"majority" in British English

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majoritynoun

uk   /məˈdʒɒr.ə.ti/  us   /-ˈdʒɑː.rə.t̬i/
  • majority noun (NUMBER)

B2 [S] the ​largernumber or ​part of something: The majority of the ​employees have ​universitydegrees. A ​large majority ofpeopleapprove of the ​deathsentence. In ​Britain women are in the/a majority.
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[C] in an ​election, the ​difference in the ​number of ​votes between the ​winningperson or ​group and the one that comes second: The Democratic ​candidatewon by a narrow/​large majority.

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(Definition of majority from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"majority" in American English

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majoritynoun [U]

 us   /məˈdʒɔr·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈdʒɑr-/
more than ​half of a ​totalnumber or ​amount; the ​largerpart of something: A majority of the ​peoplevoted against the ​bill to ​raiseschooltaxes. politics & government A majority is also the ​difference in the ​number of ​votes in an ​election between the ​winningperson or ​group and the one that has the second ​highestnumber: [C] The Republicans ​won by a ​small majority.
(Definition of majority from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"majority" in Business English

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majoritynoun

uk   us   /məˈdʒɒrəti/ (plural majorities)
[S] most of the ​people or things in a ​group: The majority of our prepayment ​customers are ​people on a ​lowincome. Improved ​economicconditions for the majority have ​led to ​bigincreases in ​ownership of ​consumergoods, ​cars, ​houses, and ​clothing.vast/overwhelming/great majority (of sth) The vast majority of ​tickets are ​sold through the ​website.be in a/the majority Men are still in the majority when it comes to ​seniormanagementpositions.
[C] the difference between the ​number of ​votes received by a ​politicalparty, ​group, etc. that ​wins an ​election or discussion and the ​parties or ​groups that ​lose: The ​amendment has ​divided Democrats and could ​cost the ​party its newly ​won majority. majority ​voting/a majority ​voteby a majority of sth to sth A recent ​pollfound that ​voters were in favor of the ​resolution by a majority of 71% to 24%. clear/comfortable/large majority The ​chairman must continue taking ​votes until one ​nominee has a ​clear majority.
[U] LAW the age at which someone is ​legally considered to be an adult: someone's majority She will ​inherit the ​business when she ​reaches her majority.

majorityadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /məˈdʒɒrəti/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to refer to the ​situation when a ​person or ​organizationowns more ​shares in a ​company than any other ​shareholder, and enough to be in ​control of the ​company: According to ​governmentrequirements, the ​airline must not ​fall into ​foreign majority ​control. The group's majority ​shareholder has been ​accused of ​withholdingfinancialdata. Profits have ​soared, thanks in ​part to the company's majority ​ownership of the country's most ​successfulnewspapergroup.
(Definition of majority from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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