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"player" in British English

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playernoun [C]

uk   /ˈpleɪ.ər/  us   //
  • player noun [C] (GAME)

A1 someone who ​takespart in a ​game or ​sport: Each player ​takes three ​cards. The ​team has many ​talented players. someone who is very ​involved in an ​activity or ​organization: She was a leading/​key player in the ​reorganization of the ​healthservice.

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  • player noun [C] (ACTING)

old use an ​actor used in the ​names of some ​theatrecompanies: the Shakespeare Players
(Definition of player from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"player" in American English

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playernoun [C]

 us   /ˈpleɪ·ər/
  • player noun [C] (PRODUCE SOUNDS/PICTURES)

someone who ​plays a ​musicalinstrument: a ​cello/​flute player A player is also a ​machine: a CD/​record player
  • player noun [C] (COMPETE)

someone who ​takespart in a ​sport or ​game: This ​basketballteam has a lot of ​talented players. fig. The ​company is one of the ​leading players (= ​organizations taking ​part) in the ​deal.
(Definition of player from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"player" in Business English

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playernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpleɪər/
a ​company, ​organization, or ​person that has ​influence within a particular ​activity, ​industry, or ​type of ​work: a player in sth The ​organization used to be ​unique; today it is just another player in a cut-throat ​market.key/major/important player As ​chairman of the Finance Committee, she was a ​key player in the assembly's lengthy ​budgetnegotiations.global/industry player It may take another three to four ​years before the ​marketstabilizes enough for ​global players to ​think about ​establishing new EU ​locations.
(Definition of player from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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