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"monitor" in British English

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monitornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɒn.ɪ.tər/ us   /ˈmɑː.nə.t̬ɚ/
  • monitor noun [C] (PERSON WHO WATCHES)

B2 a person who has the job of watching or noticing particular things: United Nations monitors were not allowed to enter the area.

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  • monitor noun [C] (SCREEN)

B2 a computer screen or a device with a screen on which words or pictures can be shown: a computer monitor a TV monitor Doctors watched the old man's heartbeat on a monitor.
  • monitor noun [C] (AT SCHOOL)

a child in school who has special jobs to do: the library monitor

monitorverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒn.ɪ.tər/ us   /ˈmɑː.nə.t̬ɚ/
(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"monitor" in American English

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monitornoun [C]

us   /ˈmɑn·ɪ·t̬ər/
  • monitor noun [C] (SCREEN)

a device with a screen on which words or pictures can be shown: a computer monitor
  • monitor noun [C] (WATCHER)

a person who has the job of watching or checking particular things, or a machine that regularly tests or records things: United Nations monitors were prevented from entering the area. A fetal monitor records an unborn baby’s heartbeat.
In school, a monitor is a student with special duties who helps the teacher: the attendance monitor

monitorverb [T]

us   /ˈmɑn·ɪ·t̬ər/
  • monitor verb [T] (WATCH)

to watch and check something carefully over a period of time: They hired an accountant to help monitor cash flow. The nurse is monitoring his heart rate and respiration.
(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"monitor" in Business English

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monitornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɒnɪtər/ us  
IT a computer screen: Adjust your monitor if the colour does not appear quite right.
LAW a person or organization whose job is to make certain that something is done properly or honestly: The process will be watched closely during the next three years by an independent monitor.
IT a machine that regularly watches or tests and records something: The acoustical monitor will collect real-time data and filter out non-whale noises. a surveillance monitor a blood pressure/heart monitor

monitorverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒnɪtər/ us  
to watch a situation carefully for a period of time in order to discover something about it: The government had agreed to allow the inspectors to monitor the refuelling process. Police froze his bank accounts and monitored his ATM card in case he tried to make a transaction. Comings and goings are monitored by security cameras.
(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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