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"quarry" in British English

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quarrynoun

uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/ us   /ˈkwɔːr.i/
  • quarry noun (HOLE)

[C] a large artificial hole in the ground where stone, sand, etc. is dug for use as building material: a granite/limestone/marble/slate quarry
  • quarry noun (IN HUNTING)

[S] a person or animal being hunted or looked for: The dogs pursued their quarry into an empty warehouse.

quarryverb [T]

uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/ us   /ˈkwɔːr.i/
to dig stone, etc. from a quarry
(Definition of quarry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quarry" in American English

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quarrynoun

us   /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/
  • quarry noun (PLACE)

[C] a large hole in the ground that workers dig in order to use the stone and sand for building material
  • quarry noun (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[U] a person, animal, or group being hunted or looked for: Using video cameras can be tricky for researchers trying to blend in with their quarry .

quarryverb [T]

us   /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/
  • quarry verb [T] (DIG)

to dig stone and sand from a quarry: The gray limestone in this area was once quarried for use in bridges and buildings.
(Definition of quarry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quarry" in Business English

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quarrynoun [C]

uk   /ˈkwɒri/ us  
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a place where stone, sand, etc. is dug out of the ground for use as building material: a granite/limestone/marble quarry His father worked in a limestone quarry. a rock/stone/slate quarry

quarryverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈkwɒri/ us  
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES to dig stone, etc. from a quarry: The mining and quarrying sector as a whole is expected to grow by 6.8% this year.
(Definition of quarry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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