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"marshal" in British English

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marshalverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɑː.ʃəl/  us   /ˈmɑːr.ʃəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to ​bring together or ​organizepeople or things in ​order to ​achieve a ​particularaim: The ​fighting in the ​cityfollowedreports of the ​rebels marshalling ​their forces in the ​countryside. The ​company is marshalling ​its forces/​resources for a ​longcourtcase. They had marshalled an ​armada of 1,000 ​boats to ​helpclear up the ​oil. It is ​unlikely that the ​rebels will be ​able to marshal as much ​firepower as the ​governmenttroops.

marshalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɑː.ʃəl/  us   /ˈmɑːr.ʃəl/
  • marshal noun [C] (LAW)

US a ​governmentofficial who is ​responsible for putting the ​decisions of a ​lawcourt into ​action: US marshals ​specialize in ​findingfugitives and ​escapees.
  • marshal noun [C] (OFFICER)

(also Marshal) a ​title used for ​importantofficers in the ​armedforces of some ​countries: a field marshal/airvice marshal Marshal Pétain [as form of address] Yes, Marshal.
(also Marshal) a ​title used for ​police or ​fireofficers in some ​parts of the US: The ​deputystatefire marshal ​led the ​arsoninvestigation. [as form of address] Thank you, Marshal.
(Definition of marshal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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marshalverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɑr·ʃəl/
  • marshal verb [T] (ORGANIZE)

to ​gather or ​organizepeople or things, esp. in ​order to ​achieve a ​particularaim: The ​president is ​trying to marshal ​support for his ​plan.

marshalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑr·ʃəl/
  • marshal noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

an ​official who ​arranges and ​controls a ​publicceremony: The ​mayor was the ​honorarygrand marshal of the St. Patrick’s ​Dayparade.
  • marshal noun [C] (LAW)

a ​governmentofficial who is ​responsible for putting the ​decisions of a ​lawcourt into ​effect: He was ​conducted to the ​airport by ​federal marshals and ​deported.
In some ​parts of the US, marshal is also a ​title used for ​police or ​firedepartmentofficers of high ​rank.
(Definition of marshal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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