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"peer" in British English

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peerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /pɪər/  us   /pɪr/
C2 to ​lookcarefully or with ​difficulty: When no one ​answered the ​door, she peered through the ​window to ​see if anyone was there. The ​driver was peering into the ​distancetrying to ​read the ​roadsign.
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peernoun [C]

uk   /pɪər/  us   /pɪr/

peer noun [C] (EQUAL)

C1 a ​person who is the same ​age or has the same ​socialposition or the same ​abilities as other ​people in a ​group: Do you ​think it's ​true that ​teenagegirls are less ​self-confident than ​theirmale peers? He wasn't a ​greatscholar, but as a ​teacher he had few peers (= not as many ​people had the same ​ability as him).
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peer noun [C] (HIGH RANK)

in the UK, a ​person who has a high ​socialposition and any of a ​range of ​titles, ​including baron , earl , and duke, or a life peer : a ​hereditary peer a ​Conservative peer
(Definition of peer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peer" in American English

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peerverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /pɪər/

peer verb [I always + adv/prep] (LOOK)

to ​lookcarefully or with ​difficulty: The ​judge peered over his ​glasses at the ​jury.

peernoun [C]

 us   /pɪər/

peer noun [C] (EQUAL)

a ​person of the same ​age, the same ​socialposition, or having the same ​abilities as other ​people in a ​group: Getting ​help from a peer is ​easier than ​asking a ​teacher.
(Definition of peer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"peer" in Business English

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peernoun [C]

uk   us   /pɪər/
a ​company in the same ​industry as other ​companies: Dixons is doing better than its peers.
a ​person of a similar age, ​position, ​abilities, etc. as others in a ​group: According to ​research, high school dropouts ​earn $260,000 less in a lifetime than their degree-earning peers.
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(Definition of peer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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