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"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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  • peer noun [C] (HIGH RANK)

in the UK, a person who has a high social position 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/
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   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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“peer” in British English

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