Meaning of “mutual” in the English Dictionary

"mutual" in British English

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mutualadjective

uk /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/ us /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/

C1 (of two or more people or groups) feeling the same emotion, or doing the same thing to or for each other:

Theirs was a partnership based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.
Both countries are acting to their mutual advantage.
The agreement was terminated by mutual consent.

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  • The two groups have existed in a state of mutual distrust for centuries.
  • The peace talks broke down and ended in bitter mutual recriminations.
  • She disliked Paul, and the feeling was mutual.
  • They seem to live in mutual harmony.
  • We have a mutual dislike of dogs.

mutualnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/ us /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/ also mutual company

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

"mutual" in American English

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mutualadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmju·tʃu·əl/

(of two or more people or groups) feeling the same emotion, or doing the same thing to or for each other:

We let the subject drop, by mutual agreement.

A mutual friend is someone who is a friend of each of two or more other people:

They were gossiping about parties and mutual friends.

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

"mutual" in Business English

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mutualadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈmjuːtʃuəl/ us

used to describe something that is done or felt by all or both people in a group:

by mutual agreement/consent He has now left the company by mutual agreement.
mutual benefit/advantage Firms often do business together for purposes of mutual benefit.
mutual respect/understanding/interest Ours will be a partnership based on fairness and mutual respect.
a mutual decision

FINANCE used for describing a financial organization that is owned by its members, rather than by shareholders:

We are a mutual building society and that means we can pay good savings rates to customers instead of paying out dividends to shareholders.

mutualnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmjuːtʃuəl/ us FINANCE

also mutual company a financial organization such as a building society that is owned by its members, rather than by shareholders:

Some mutuals converted to banks.
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(Definition of “mutual” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)