Meaning of “million” in the English Dictionary

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"million" in British English

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millionnumber

uk /ˈmɪl.jən/ us /ˈmɪl.jən/ plural million or millions

A2 [ C ] the number 1,000,000:

The city has a population of almost a/one million.
She got eight million dollars for appearing in that film.
His business is worth millions of euros.
a million/millions of sth informal

B2 a large number:

I must have told you a million times to close the windows when you leave the house.
the millions

numbers between 1,000,000 and 1,000,000,000:

In wealthy areas, homes cost from €750,000 into the millions.

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  • The paintings fetched over a million dollars.
  • The jobless total reached four million this week.
  • Four million hours were lost last year through stress-related illnesses.
  • They won the war, although it cost them millions of lives.
  • Wheat is a staple crop for millions of people across the world.

(Definition of “million” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"million" in American English

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millionnumber

us /ˈmɪl·jən/

1,000,000:

The tourist attraction brings in over a million people a year.
a million-dollar project
fig. I have a million things (= a lot of things) to do tomorrow.

(Definition of “million” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"million" in Business English

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millionnumber

/ˈmɪljən/ uk us plural million, millions written abbreviation m

the number 1,000,000:

ten million dollars
They have sold millions of computers worldwide.

informal many, or a lot:

There are a million different reasons why she shouldn't get the job.
I've got millions of emails to answer.

(Definition of “million” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)