map Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “map” in the English Dictionary

"map" in British English

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mapnoun [C]

uk   us   /mæp/
A2 a ​drawing of the earth's ​surface, or ​part of that ​surface, ​showing the ​shape and ​position of different ​countries, ​politicalborders, ​naturalfeatures such as ​rivers and ​mountains, and ​artificialfeatures such as ​roads and ​buildings: a map of the ​world a map of Paris a road map We need a large-scale map ​showing all the ​footpaths that we can ​walk along. I'm ​terrible at map reading (= ​understanding maps). a ​drawing that gives you a ​particulartype of ​information about a ​particulararea: He ​bought a map ​showing the ​populationdistribution of ​Scotland. something that ​shows the ​position of ​stars in the ​sky or the ​features on the ​surface of ​planets: a ​celestial map a map of ​Mars a very ​simpledrawing that ​shows a ​direction of ​travel between one ​place and another: I'll draw you a ​quick map if you're ​worried about ​finding the ​hotel.
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mapverb [T]

uk   us   /mæp/ (-pp-)
to ​represent an ​area of ​land in the ​form of a map: Parts of the ​mountainousregion in the ​north of the ​country have still not been mapped.
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(Definition of map from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"map" in American English

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mapnoun [C]

 us   /mæp/
a ​drawing that ​represents a ​region or ​place by ​showing the ​variousfeatures of it, such as ​rivers and ​roads, and the ​distances between them, so that ​people can get ​help in ​findingtheir way from one ​place to another: a map of California a New York City ​subway map According to this ​road map, it’s 740 ​miles from Charlotte, ​North Carolina to Miami, Florida.

mapverb [T]

 us   /mæp/ (-pp-)
to ​draw a ​representation of a ​place: Archaeologists have mapped the ​oldRomancity using ​aerialphotography.
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(Definition of map from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"map" in Business English

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mapnoun [C]

uk   us   /mæp/ GRAPHS & CHARTS
a ​drawing of the Earth's surface, or ​part of it, showing things such as the ​shape and ​position of countries, ​political borders, towns, rivers, etc.: on a map Many of these ​students could not ​evenfind their own country on a map. a map of Canada/the ​world/​Europe
a ​drawing that gives you a particular ​type of ​information about a particular ​area: This is a map of the ​building showing where the ​fireextinguishers are ​located. You can use the interactive map to ​find our ​franchisesnationwide. The ​carbon map was ​designed so cities could better ​analyse their ​overallcarbonfootprint.
a simple ​plan that ​shows a direction of ​travel between one ​place and another: I'll draw you a map if you're worried about ​finding the ​hotel.
a simple ​plan that ​represents a more complicated thing, ​system, or ​idea: This is a map of what's on our ​website. We now have a conceptual map of the ​essentialqualities of ​leadership.
put sth/sb on the map to make a ​person, ​place, or thing well known or show how important it is: The ​governor has ​managed to put this sleepy southern ​state in America on the map.
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mapverb [T]

uk   us   /mæp/ (-pp-) GRAPHS & CHARTS
to ​represent an ​area of ​land in the ​form of a map: New ​technology is making it possible to ​survey, map, and ​analyse the state's ​naturalresources.
to show how something is put together or ​organized: After ​gatheringdata, the next ​step is to map the decision-making ​process.
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(Definition of map from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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