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"physical" in British English

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physicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/
  • physical adjective (BODY)

B2 relating to the ​body: physical ​exercise/​fitness/​strength/​disabilities I'm not a very physical ​sort of ​person (= I don't ​enjoy physical ​activities). informal violent: The ​refereestepped in because the ​game had ​started to get a little too physical. sexual: There was ​obviously a ​great physical attraction between them.

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  • physical adjective (REAL)

C2 relating to things you can ​see or ​touch, or ​relating to the ​laws of ​nature: the physical ​world All physical ​objectsoccupyspace.

physicalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/ (UK also medical)
(Definition of physical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"physical" in American English

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physicaladjective

 us   /ˈfɪz·ɪ·kəl/
  • physical adjective (BODY)

connected with the ​body: physical ​strength/​disabilities She ​tries to ​keep herself in good physical ​condition.
  • physical adjective (MATERIAL)

existing as or ​connected with things that can be ​seen or ​touched: The physical ​dimensions of the ​theater are ​smaller than I ​thought.
  • physical adjective (PHYSICS)

connected with ​physics
(Definition of physical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"physical" in Business English

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physicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfɪzɪkəl/
relating to things you can see or ​touch: Payments for ​actual physical ​goods are not the only ​items involved in ​internationaltrade.
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used to describe ​assets that can be seen and ​touched, for ​examplebuildings or ​equipment: Companies must ​raisecapital for physical ​assets.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe commodities (= substances or ​products that can be ​traded) that can be ​bought and ​delivered immediately: physical ​commodities such as wheat, cotton, rice, and corn
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe ​shares, ​bonds, etc. with a certificate , rather than ones that exist only in ​electronicform: If the ​investor is ​delivered physical ​shares, their ​value will be less than the ​initialinvestment.
(Definition of physical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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