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"quarter" in British English

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quarternoun

uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/
  • quarter noun (FOURTH PART)

A2 [C] one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; ¼: He cut the orange into quarters. Under a quarter of people questioned said that they were happily married. My house is situated a mile and three-quarters from here.
a quarter of an hour
15 minutes: I waited a quarter of an hour and then went home. I was there three-quarters of an hour. an hour and three-quarters
a quarter to two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter of two, three, etc.)
15 minutes before two, three, etc.: It was a quarter to six when I left.
a quarter past two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter after two, three, etc.)
15 minutes after two, three, etc.: I'll meet you at a quarter past five.
[C] one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations, such as for profits or taxes: There was a fall in unemployment in the second quarter of the year. I get an electricity bill every quarter.
[C] one of four periods in a game of American football and other ball sports

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  • quarter noun (AREA)

C2 [C] an area of a town where a particular group of people live or work or where a particular activity happens: This is the bustling commercial quarter of the city.
  • quarter noun (PEOPLE)

[C] one or more people who provide help, information, or a particular reaction to something but who are not usually named: Help came from an unexpected quarter. There is a feeling in certain/some quarters (= some people consider) that a change is needed.
  • quarter noun (PLACE TO LIVE)

quarters [plural]
a room or house that has been provided, especially for servants or soldiers and their families, to live in: The army's married quarters are just outside the town.
[C] Indian English a house or other place to live that has been provided by a company for an employee
  • quarter noun (FORGIVENESS)

[U] literary the fact of being kind towards or forgiving an enemy or opponent: We can expect no quarter from our enemies. He gave no quarter to anyone that disappointed him.

quarterverb

uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/
(Definition of quarter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quarter" in American English

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quarternoun [C]

 us   /ˈkwɔr·t̬ər/
  • quarter noun [C] (FOURTH PART)

one of four equal or almost equal parts of something: My house is one and three-quarter miles/a mile and three-quarters from here.
A quarter of/to the hour means 15 minutes before the stated hour: It’s a quarter to three.
A quarter past/after the hour means 15 minutes after the stated hour: I’ll meet you at a quarter past five.
A quarter is one of four equal or nearly equal periods of time into which an activity is divided: Many universities divide the school year into quarters rather than two semesters.
  • quarter noun [C] (MONEY)

in the US and Canada, a coin worth 25 cents
  • quarter noun [C] (AREA)

an area of a city or place having a special history or character: We stayed in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

quarterverb [T]

 us   /ˈkwɔr·t̬ər/
  • quarter verb [T] (DIVIDE INTO FOUR)

to divide something into four pieces of approximately the same size: Peel and quarter the tomatoes and put them in the stew.
(Definition of quarter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quarter" in Business English

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quarternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkwɔːtər/ ( abbreviation Q, abbreviation qtr)
FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a period of three months in a company's financial year: Sales have climbed significantly each quarter. Unquoted companies accounted for 23% of assets at the end of the last quarter.first/second/third quarter The fall was 8% in the first quarter and only 2% in the second.
(Definition of quarter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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