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serialadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/ us   /ˈsɪr.i.əl/
C1 used to describe a person who repeatedly commits a similar crime or carries out a similar bad act, or the crime or act itself: She wrote a thriller about a brutal serial killer/murderer. a serial adulterer/womaniser serial murders/killings

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serialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/ us   /ˈsɪr.i.əl/
C1 a story on television or radio or in a newspaper, etc. that is broadcast or printed in separate parts: Most of her novels have been made into television serials at some time.
(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"serial" in American English

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serialadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈsɪər·i·əl/
happening one after another in time or order: She’s the librarian in charge of serial publications (= magazines, newspapers, etc., that appear at regular periods).

serialnoun [C]

us   /ˈsɪər·i·əl/
a story printed in a newspaper or magazine or broadcast on television or radio in several parts
(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"serial" in Business English

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serialadjective

uk   /ˈsɪəriəl/ us  
used to describe something that is done in a series: The novels were first published in serial form.
used to describe someone who does something several times: A serial litigant earned thousands of pounds by claiming ageism.
IT used to describe computer data that is sent one unit at a time: Serial data transmission implies that one bit is sent after another.
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(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “serial”
in Arabic قِصَّة مُسَلْسَلة…
in Korean 연속극…
in Portuguese seriado…
in Catalan serial…
in Japanese 連載物, 続き物…
in Chinese (Simplified) (重罪案犯或重案)连环的,连续的…
in Turkish dizi, seri…
in Russian сериал…
in Chinese (Traditional) (重罪案犯或重案)連環的,連續的…
in Italian serial, sceneggiato a puntate…
in Polish serial…
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“serial” in American English

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