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"moratorium" in British English

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moratoriumnoun [C]

uk   /ˌmɒr.əˈtɔː.ri.əm/  us   /ˌmɔːr.əˈtɔːr.i-/ (plural moratoriums or moratoria ) formal
a ​stopping of an ​activity for an ​agreedamount of ​time: a five-year ​worldwide moratorium onnuclearweaponstesting
(Definition of moratorium from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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moratoriumnoun [C]

 us   /ˌmɔr·əˈtɔr·i·əm, ˌmɑr-, -ˈtoʊr-/
a ​stopping of an ​activity for an ​agreedperiod of ​time: They are ​proposing a five-year moratorium on whaling.
(Definition of moratorium from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"moratorium" in Business English

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moratoriumnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˌmɒrəˈtɔːriəm/ (plural moratoriums or moratoria)
a ​period of ​time during which a particular ​activity is ​stopped: a moratorium on sth The ​European Union ​imposed a two-year moratorium on new GM ​imports. end/​impose/​lift a moratorium
(also debt moratorium) FINANCE an ​agreedperiod of ​time during which a country does not have to ​pay its ​debt to other countries: An immediate ​debt moratorium would ​freeresources for ​poor countries to ​spend on ​health and ​educationprogrammes.
(Definition of moratorium from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “moratorium”
in Chinese (Simplified) 暂停,中止…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暫停,中止…
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