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"meal" in British English

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mealnoun

uk   us   /mɪəl/

meal noun (FOOD)

A1 [C] an ​occasion when ​food is ​eaten, or the ​food that is ​eaten on such an ​occasion: a hot meal a three-course meal a heavy (= ​large) meal a light (= ​small) meal I have my main meal at ​midday. How about coming over for a meal ​sometime?
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meal noun (POWDER)

[U] a ​substance that has been ​crushed to make a ​roughpowder, ​especiallyplantseedscrushed to make ​flour or for ​animalfood: bone meal corn meal
(Definition of meal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meal" in American English

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mealnoun

 us   /mil/

meal noun (FOOD)

[C] an ​occasion when ​food is ​served or ​eaten, esp. ​breakfast, ​lunch, or ​dinner, or the ​food itself on such an ​occasion: I don’t ​enjoypreparing three meals a ​day every ​day.

meal noun (POWDER)

[U] a ​substance that has been ​crushed to make a ​roughpowder, esp. ​plantseedscrushed to make ​flour or for ​animalfood
(Definition of meal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"meal" in Business English

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mealnoun

uk   us   /miːl/
[C] an occasion when ​food is eaten, or the ​food which is eaten on such an occasion: go out/take sb out for a meal He took the whole ​team out for a meal at the end of the ​project.have/eat a meal I have my main meal at midday. a heavy/​light/hot meal a three-course meal
[U] a substance which has been crushed to make a ​rough powder, especially ​plantseeds crushed to make flour or for animal ​food: bone meal soya meal
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(Definition of meal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “meal”
in Korean 식사…
in Arabic وَجْبة…
in Malaysian makanan…
in French repas…
in Russian принятие пищи, еда…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 進餐, 餐,一頓飯…
in Italian pasto…
in Turkish öğün, yemek…
in Polish posiłek…
in Spanish comida…
in Vietnamese bữa ăn…
in Portuguese refeição…
in Thai มื้อ…
in German die Mahlzeit…
in Catalan àpat, menjar…
in Japanese 食事…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 进餐, 餐,一顿饭…
in Indonesian makanan…
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