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"patch" in British English

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patchnoun [C]

uk   /pætʃ/  us   /pætʃ/
  • patch noun [C] (AREA)

C2 a small area that is different in some way from the area that surrounds it: Our dog has a black patch on his back. The hotel walls were covered in damp patches. There were lots of icy patches on the road this morning. This story is good in patches (= some parts are good), but I wouldn't really recommend it.
UK informal a local area within which someone works: He's been working as a policeman on the same patch for 20 years.

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  • patch noun [C] (PIECE OF MATERIAL)

C2 a small piece of material sewn or stuck over something to cover it: I'll have to sew a patch onto these jeans - they're ripped at the knee.
a small piece of material that can be stuck to the skin, from which particular substances can be absorbed into the body: Some people wear nicotine patches to help them give up smoking.
an eyepatch
  • patch noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a small computer program that can be added to an existing program in order to make the existing program work as it should: I downloaded a patch from their website.
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patchverb

uk   /pætʃ/  us   /pætʃ/
(Definition of patch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"patch" in American English

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patchnoun [C]

 us   /pætʃ/
  • patch noun [C] (AREA)

a small part of a surface that is different in some way from the area around it: Watch for patches of ice on the road. We have a small vegetable patch (= area for growing vegetables).
  • patch noun [C] (PIECE OF MATERIAL)

a piece of material put over a damaged area or hole to repair, strengthen, or cover it: His old jeans are covered with patches.
patch
verb [T]  us   /pætʃ/
to patch a tire
(Definition of patch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"patch" in Business English

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patchnoun [C]

uk   us   /pætʃ/
IT a small computer program that can repair a problem with software: You can download a patch to fix the problem.
go through/hit a bad/difficult/rough patch informal
to experience a lot of problems in a short period of time: Economically, the country is going through a bad patch. The company hit a rough patch last year, which included its first quarterly loss since going public.
(Definition of patch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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