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"original" in British English

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originaladjective

uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.nəl/

original adjective (FIRST MADE)

B1 [usually before noun] existing since the ​beginning, or being the ​earliestform of something: Is this the original ​fireplace? The ​gardens have ​recently been ​restored to ​their original ​glory.B2 [usually before noun] An original ​piece of ​work, such as a ​painting, etc. is ​produced by the ​artist and not a ​copy: an original ​drawing/​manuscript Is this an original Rembrandt? (= Was it ​painted by him?)
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original adjective (DIFFERENT)

B1 approving not the same as anything or anyone ​else and ​thereforespecial and ​interesting: original ​ideas/​suggestions/​work She's a ​highly original ​youngdesigner.
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originalnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.nəl/
B2 the first one made and not a ​copy: Can you give me the original of ​yourreport? I can't ​read this ​copy.B2 a ​piece of ​work by a ​famousartist or designer and not a ​copy by someone ​else: If the ​painting is an original, it will be very ​valuable.in the original If you ​read something in the original, you ​read it in the ​language in which it was first written.
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(Definition of original from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"original" in American English

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originalnoun [C]

 us   /əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl/
the first one made and not a ​copy: Send a ​copy of ​yourreceipt, but ​keep the original. An original is also a ​piece of ​work by an ​artist or ​designer and not a ​copy by someone ​else. Someone who is an original ​behaves or ​speaks in a way that is not like other ​people.

originaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl/
in the ​earliestform of something, or in the ​form that ​existed at the ​beginning: The original ​plans have been ​changed. Original can also ​mean different from anything or anyone ​else and ​therefore new and ​interesting: Our ​teacher said we’d ​better come up with something original. An original ​piece of ​work, such as a ​painting or ​drawing, is ​produced by the ​artist or ​writer and is not a ​copy.
(Definition of original from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"original" in Business English

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originaladjective

uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒənəl/
spoken, written, or existing first: The ​finalcost was much greater than the contractor's original ​estimate. We have more than ​doubled our original ​investment. His original ​plan was to ​stay two to three ​years, but he loved the ​job so much that he has never ​left. Please do not ​send original ​documents with your ​application.
not the same as anything or anyone else and for that reason ​special and interesting: original idea/suggestion, etc. We need some original ​ideas that will ​increasesales. She's a highly original young ​designer.

originalnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒənəl/
the first one made and not a ​copy: Can you ​let me have the original of your ​report? Sign the original and ​return it to us, ​keeping the ​copy for your ​records. The new ​version is worse in every ​respect - I much ​preferred the original.
(Definition of original from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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