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"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 careful training, a dog will obey its master completely.
a person who employs a servant or owns a slave: Servants had to obey their masters.
a person who has control over a particular situation: She was the victim of her circumstances rather than the master of her fate.
the captain of a ship that carries goods : Ship's masters are in charge of a ship, its crew 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 particular job or activity: He was a master of disguise.
a famous and very skilled painter: This painting is clearly the work of a master.

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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 particular job 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 become skilled 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 of learning from other people's mistakes.
(Definition of master from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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