Meaning of “petrol” in the English Dictionary

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"petrol" in British English

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petrolnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpet.rəl/ us /ˈpet.rəl/ UK US gas

A2 a liquid obtained from petroleum, used especially as a fuel for cars and other vehicles:

a petrol tank/pump/station
lead-free/unleaded/high-octane petrol
I'm a bit low on (= I don't have much) petrol.

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  • High petrol taxes are defensible on ecological grounds.
  • I had to use a bit of petrol to get the fire alight.
  • A big old car like that eats up petrol.
  • Does your car use unleaded petrol?
  • We stopped at the services to get petrol.

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

"petrol" in American English

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petrolnoun [ U ]

us /ˈpe·trəl/ Br

gas

(Definition of “petrol” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"petrol" in Business English

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petrolnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpetrəl/ us UK US gas

NATURAL RESOURCES, TRANSPORT a liquid obtained from petroleum, used especially as a fuel for cars and other vehicles:

The family spends a combined total of about €30 a week on petrol.
lead-free/unleaded/high-octane petrol
petrol prices/tax/duty
a petrol tank/pump/station

(Definition of “petrol” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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