Meaning of “peer” in the English Dictionary

"peer" in British English

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peerverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /pɪər/ us /pɪr/

C2 to look carefully 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 distance trying to read the road sign.

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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 social position or the same abilities as other people in a group:

Do you think it's true that teenage girls are less self-confident than their male peers?
He wasn't a great scholar, but as a teacher he had few peers (= not as many people had the same ability as him).

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

"peer" in American English

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

to look carefully 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 social position, 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 /pɪər/ us

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)