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"plate" in British English

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platenoun

uk   /pleɪt/  us   /pleɪt/
  • plate noun (DISH)

A1 [C] a ​flat, usually round ​dish with a ​slightlyraisededge that you ​eat from or ​servefood from: paper/​plastic/​china plates a ​dinner/​salad plate clean/​dirty plates There's still ​lots of ​food onyour plate.
[C] (also plateful) an ​amount of ​food on a plate: Stephen ​ate three plates of ​spaghetti.

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  • plate noun (FLAT PIECE)

[C] a ​flatpiece of something that is hard and does not ​bend: Thick bony plates ​protected the ​dinosaur against ​attack. The ship's ​deck is ​composed of steel plates.
[C] specialized publishing a ​flatpiece of ​metal with words and/or ​pictures on it that can be ​printed

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  • plate noun (IN BASEBALL)

the plate [S] US
informal for home plate
  • plate noun (THIN LAYER)

[U] ordinarymetal with a ​layer of another ​metal on ​top: The ​knives and ​forks are silver plate.
[U] objects, ​especially plates, ​dishes, and ​cups, ​completely made of a ​valuablemetal such as ​gold or ​silver: The ​thieves got away with a ​largequantity of ​church plate.

plateverb [T]

uk   /pleɪt/  us   /pleɪt/
-plated
suffix uk   / -pleɪ.tɪd/  us   / -pleɪ.t̬ɪd/
Gold-plated ​earrings are much ​cheaper than ​solidgoldones.
plating
noun [U] uk   /ˈpleɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /ˈpleɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
gold/​silver plating
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of plate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plate" in American English

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platenoun

 us   /pleɪt/
  • plate noun (DISH)

[C] a ​flatdish on which ​food is ​served or from which it is ​eaten
(also plateful) [C] an ​amount of ​food on a plate: Dominic ​helped himself to a plate of ​spaghetti.
  • plate noun (FLAT PIECE)

[C] a ​flatpiece of something that is hard, does not ​bend, and is usually used to ​cover something: Large, ​metal plates ​covered the ​trench in the ​roadway.
  • plate noun (LAYER)

earth science /pleɪt/ [C] one of the ​largemovinglayers of ​rock that the earth's ​surface is ​believed to be made of

plateverb [T]

 us   /pleɪt/
  • plate verb [T] (ADD THIN LAYER)

to ​cover a ​metalobject with a ​thinlayer of another ​metal, esp. ​gold or ​silver: gold plated
(Definition of plate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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