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relative clausenoun [C]

uk   /ˌrel.ə.tɪv ˈklɔːz/  us   /ˌrel.ə.t̬ɪv ˈklɑːz/ specialized
part of a sentence that cannot exist independently and describes a noun that comes before it in the main part of the sentence: In the sentence "The woman who I met was wearing a brown hat", "who I met" is a relative clause.

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relative clausenoun [C]

 us   /ˈrel·ə·t̬ɪv ˈklɔz/
grammar a clause in a sentence that cannot exist independently, begins with a relative pronoun, and describes a noun that comes before it: In the sentence "The movie that we saw was very good," "that we saw" is a relative clause.
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