quarter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “quarter” in the English Dictionary

"quarter" in British English

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uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

quarter noun (FOURTH PART)

A2 [C] one of four ​equal or ​almostequalparts of something; ¼: He ​cut the ​orange into quarters. Under a quarter ofpeoplequestioned said that they were ​happilymarried. 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-quartersa 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 ​financialcalculations, such as for ​profits or ​taxes: There was a ​fall in ​unemployment in the second quarter of the ​year. I get an ​electricitybill every quarter. [C] one of four ​periods in a ​game of American ​football and other ​ballsports
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quarter noun (COIN)

B2 [C] in the US and Canada, a ​coinworth 25 cents

quarter noun (AREA)

C2 [C] an ​area of a ​town where a ​particulargroup of ​peoplelive or ​work or where a ​particularactivityhappens: This is the ​bustlingcommercial quarter of the ​city.

quarter noun (PEOPLE)

[C] one or more ​people who ​providehelp, ​information, or a ​particularreaction to something but who are not usually ​named: Help came from an ​unexpected quarter. There is a ​feeling in ​certain/some quarters (= some ​peopleconsider) 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 ​theirfamilies, 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 ​ourenemies. He gave no quarter to anyone that ​disappointed him.


uk   /ˈkwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

quarter verb (CUT INTO FOUR)

[T often passive] to ​cut something into four ​parts

quarter verb (SOLDIER)

[T usually passive, + adv/prep] to ​send someone, ​especiallysoldiers, to ​live in a ​place: The ​soldiers were quartered with (= they ​lived with)localpeople during the ​war.
(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 ​almostequalparts of something: My ​house is one and three-quarter ​miles/a ​mile and three-quarters from here. A quarter of/to the ​hourmeans 15 ​minutes before the ​statedhour: It’s a quarter to three. A quarter past/after the ​hourmeans 15 ​minutes after the ​statedhour: I’ll ​meet you at a quarter past five. A quarter is one of four ​equal or ​nearlyequalperiods of ​time into which an ​activity is ​divided: Many ​universitiesdivide the ​schoolyear into quarters ​rather than two ​semesters.

quarter noun [C] (MONEY)

in the US and Canada, a ​coinworth 25 ​cents

quarter noun [C] (AREA)

an ​area of a ​city or ​place having a ​specialhistory 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 ​financialyear: 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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