Meaning of “the Senate” in the English Dictionary

"the Senate" in British English

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the Senatenoun

uk /ˈsen.ət/ us /ˈsen.ət/

the Senate noun (POLITICS)

the more important of the two groups of politicians who make laws in some countries such as the US, Australia, and France:

the French/Australian Senate
The US Senate has 100 members.
The law has no chance of being passed by the Senate.

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  • The senate will have the power to veto laws passed by the lower house.
  • The senate has passed a proposal to set a national drunk driving standard.
  • He is the oldest member of the 55-strong Republican majority in the US senate.
  • He is the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee.
  • The senate is debating a more lenient bill.

(Definition of “the Senate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"senate" in American English

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senatenoun [ U ]

us /ˈsen·ət/

politics & government the group of politicians who have the most power to make laws in a government:

The US Senate has 100 members.
He served in the state senate.

politics & government In Canada, members of the Senate give advice about laws but do not make laws.

(Definition of “senate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"the Senate" in Business English

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the Senatenoun [ S ]

uk us GOVERNMENT, POLITICS

the name of the upper house (= more important of the two parts) of the parliaments of some countries, for example the US, Australia, and France:

The law will not be passed by the Senate.

(Definition of “the Senate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)