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"meter" in British English

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meternoun [C]

uk   /ˈmiː.tər/ us   /ˈmiː.t̬ɚ/
  • meter noun [C] (DEVICE)

a device that measures the amount of something that is used: The electricity meter is in the basement. You'll need some change for the parking meter. A man came to read the meter (= see how much gas had been used).
the device in a taxi that measures the distance or the amount of time spent travelling and shows how much you have to pay: The cab driver left the meter running while I helped Mum to her front door.
  • meter noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

US spelling of metre

meterverb [T]

uk   /ˈmiː.tər/ us   /ˈmiː.t̬ɚ/
to use meters to measure how much gas, electricity, or water is used: Britain's water companies are planning to meter water consumption.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meter" in American English

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meternoun

us   /ˈmi·t̬ər/
  • meter noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C] abbreviation m a unit of measurement of length equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches
  • meter noun (DEVICE)

[C] a device that measures the amount of gas, water, or electricity used
[C] In a taxi (= car whose driver you pay to take you somewhere), a meter is the device that measures the distance or the amount of time spent traveling and records how much you have to pay.
  • meter noun (RHYTHM)

literature [C/U] the rhythm of a poem, produced by the arrangement of syllables according to the number and type of beats in each line
music [C/U] Meter is the rhythm that organizes the beats in a piece of music into a pattern.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"meter" in Business English

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meternoun [C]

uk   /ˈmiːtər/ us  
a piece of equipment that measures the amount of something that has been used: electricity/gas/water meter parking meterread a/the meter Your meter will be read regularly in order to avoid sending you estimated bills.
TRANSPORT the piece of equipment in a taxi that measures the distance travelled or the amount of time spent travelling, and shows how much you have to pay: If no fare is agreed at the start of the trip, the maximum fare will be that shown on the meter.
MEASURES US for metre
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meterverb [T]

uk   /ˈmiːtər/ us  
to use a meter to measure how much gas, electricity, etc. has been used, or how much a taxi ride costs: The water supply to most new homes is metered. You should agree on a price with the driver or ask for the trip to be metered.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“meter” in British English

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“meter” in Business English

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