microwave Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"microwave" in British English

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microwavenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmaɪ.krə.weɪv/  us   /-kroʊ-/
(also microwave oven) an ​electricoven that uses ​waves of ​energy to ​cook or ​heatfoodquickly: Put the ​fish in the microwave and it'll only take five ​minutes. a very ​short electromagneticwave used for ​cookingfood or for ​sendinginformation by ​radio or radar
microwave
verb [T] uk   us  
to ​cook something in a microwave: Shall I microwave something for ​dinner?
microwaveable
adjective UK (US microwavable) uk   us   /-weɪ.və.bl̩/
microwaveable ​frozenchips
(Definition of microwave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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microwavenoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·krəˌweɪv/
physics a very ​short, very ​fast wave of electromagneticenergy that ​causesheat in ​atoms of ​water and some other ​substancesmicrowave oven A microwave or microwave oven is a ​machine that ​cooksfoodquickly using microwaves: Heat up the ​leftoverpizza in the microwave.
microwave
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈmɑɪ·krəˌweɪv/
[I] Microwave on high for 12 ​minutes.
(Definition of microwave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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