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Meaning of “master” in the English Dictionary

"master" in British English

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masternoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɑː.stər/  us   /ˈmæs.tɚ/
  • master noun [C] (CONTROLLER)

B2 the ​person who ​owns, ​cares for, and ​controls an ​animal: With ​carefultraining, a ​dog will ​obeyits master ​completely. a ​person who ​employs a servant or ​owns a slave: Servants had to ​obeytheir masters. a ​person who has ​control over a ​particularsituation: She was the ​victim of her ​circumstancesrather than the master of her ​fate. the captain of a ​ship that ​carriesgoods : Ship's masters are in ​charge of a ​ship, ​itscrew and any ​cargo it is ​carrying, at ​sea and in ​port.

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  • master noun [C] (SKILLED PERSON)

C2 a ​person who is very ​skilled in a ​particularjob or ​activity: He was a master ofdisguise. a ​famous and very ​skilledpainter: This ​painting is ​clearly the ​work of a master.

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  • master noun [C] (TEACHER)

UK old-fashioned a ​maleschoolteacher: Mr Wells was my ​Latin master at ​school.Master (in the UK) the ​head of some ​schools or ​universitycolleges : The Master of St. John's College will be ​launching the ​appeal.
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  • master noun [C] (TITLE)

Master old-fashioned used before the ​name of a ​boy who is too ​young to be called "Mr": the ​letter was ​addressed to Master John Owen.

masterverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɑː.stər/  us   /ˈmæs.tɚ/

masteradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈmɑː.stər/  us   /ˈmæs.tɚ/
(Definition of master from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"master" in American English

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masternoun [C]

 us   /ˈmæs·tər/
  • master noun [C] (CONTROL)

(female mistress) a ​person who ​controls something or someone: I always ​wanted to ​start my own ​business, because I like being my own master.
  • master noun [C] (SKILLED PERSON)

a ​person who is very ​skilled in a ​particularjob or ​activity: Everyone ​knew he was a master of ​compromise. This ​painting is ​clearly the ​work of a master. He is a master ​chef/​craftsman.
  • master noun [C] (ORIGINAL)

an ​original of something, such as a ​document, ​recording, or ​film, from which ​copies can be made

masterverb [T]

 us   /ˈmæs·tər/
  • master verb [T] (BECOME SKILLED PERSON)

to ​becomeskilled at something: She ​quickly mastered the ​art of interviewing ​people.
(Definition of master from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"master" in Business English

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masternoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɑːstər/  us   /ˈmæstər/
WORKPLACE, IT an ​original of something such as a ​document, from which ​copies can be made: I ​kept the master and ​sent my ​accountant a ​copy.
a ​person who is very ​skilled in a particular ​job or ​activity: a master of sth She is a master of the art of persuasion.

masteradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈmɑːstər/  us   /ˈmæstər/
WORKPLACE, IT used to describe the ​original of something such as a ​document, from which ​copies can be made: a master ​copy/​file/​list This master ​disc can be used on any PC.
extremely ​skilled: a master ​craftsman/​builder/chef

masterverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɑːstər/  us   /ˈmæstər/
to learn how to do something well: It only ​takes a few ​hours of ​practice to master the ​technique. They have mastered the art oflearning from other people's mistakes.
(Definition of master from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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