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Meaning of “rhyme” in the English Dictionary

"rhyme" in British English

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rhymeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /raɪm/
C2 Words that rhyme have the same last ​sound: "Blue" and "​flew" rhyme. Can you ​think of a word that rhymes with "​orange"?

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  • 'Bat and '​cat' rhyme.
  • 'Side' and '​hide' rhyme.
  • 'Hit' and '​sit' rhyme.

rhymenoun

uk   us   /raɪm/
[C] a word that has the same last ​sound as another word: Can you ​think of a rhyme for "​orange"?C2 [C] a ​shortpoem, ​especially for ​youngchildren: a ​book of rhymes and ​songs
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C2 [U] the use of rhymes in ​poetry: This ​poem is her first ​attempt at rhyme.in rhyme C2 written as a ​poem so that the word at the end of a ​line has the same last ​sound as a word at the end of another ​line: A lot of ​modernpoetry is not written in rhyme. [C] specialized (also rime) phonetics the ​vowel in the ​middle of a ​syllable, and any ​sounds after it in the ​syllable
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(Definition of rhyme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rhyme" in American English

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rhymeverb [I/T]

 us   /rɑɪm/
literature (of words) to have the same ​finalsound, or to use words that have the same ​finalsound: [I] "Love" and "above" rhyme.

rhymenoun [C/U]

 us   /rɑɪm/
literature two or more words with the same ​finalsound, or the use of such words, esp. at the ​ends of ​lines in a ​poem or ​song: [C] Can you ​think of a rhyme for "​orange"? [U] She does not use rhyme in her ​poems.
(Definition of rhyme from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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