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"probation" in British English

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probationnoun [U]

uk   /prəˈbeɪ.ʃən/  us   /proʊ-/
a ​period of ​time when a ​criminal must ​behave well and not ​commit any more crimes in ​order to ​avoid being ​sent to ​prison: He was ​fined and given two ​years' probation. The ​judge put him on probation for two ​years. He ​served a ​year in ​prison and was then let out on probation. a ​period of ​time at the ​start of a new ​job when you are ​watched and ​tested to ​see if you are ​suitable for the ​job: a ​period of probation US a ​period of ​time during which a ​student who has not ​performed well must ​continue to have a ​particular gradepointaverage in ​order to ​stay in ​school: Gene's on probation this ​semester.
probationary
adjective uk   /-ər.i/  us   /-er.i/
a probationary ​period
(Definition of probation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"probation" in American English

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probationnoun [U]

 us   /proʊˈbeɪ·ʃən/
a ​period during which a person’s ​behavior or ​performance on a ​job or in a ​school is ​watchedclosely to ​see whether the ​person does well enough to ​stay: I’m on probation this ​semester, so I’ve really got to ​study hard. Probation for ​criminals is the ​condition of being ​allowedfreedom if they ​commit no more ​crimes and ​followcertainrules.
(Definition of probation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"probation" in Business English

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probationnoun [U]

uk   us   /prəʊˈbeɪʃən/
HR the ​period during which a new ​employee is watched closely to see if they are suitable for their ​job: Many ​organizationsoperate a three-month probation ​period before making a ​positionpermanent.
WORKPLACE the ​period during which a ​company, an ​employee, etc. is given a chance to ​improve their ​work or ​actions: place/put sb on probation He was put on probation and ​disciplined for lying about his ​expenses.
LAW a ​situation in which a ​criminal is ​allowed to ​stay out of prison if they do not ​commit any more ​crimes and ​follow particular ​rules: get/be given/receive probation He ​pleaded guilty to ​resisting arrest and was given probation.
(Definition of probation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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