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.

More examples

  • I peered through a chink in the curtains and saw them all inside.
  • They leaned over the rails and peered down into the dizzying chasm below.
  • We peered through the crack in the floorboards.
  • The car nosed out of the side street, its driver peering anxiously around.
  • She peered closely at the map.

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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  • As the daughter of the president, she enjoys high status among her peers.
  • When it comes to mathematics, he's in a different class to his peers.
  • He doesn't really want to join in, it's just peer pressure.
  • Teenagers are often worried about looking stupid in front of their peers.
  • British children are less capable readers at this age than their Scandinavian peers.

(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)