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Meaning of “sex” in the English Dictionary

"sex" in British English

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sexnoun

uk   us   /seks/
  • sex noun (MALE/FEMALE)

B1 [U] the ​state of being either ​male or ​female: What sex is ​yourcat? Some ​testsenable you to ​find out the sex ofyourbaby before it's ​born. It's ​illegal to ​discriminate against ​people on the ​basis of (​their) sex. She ​accused her ​employer of sex discrimination (= of ​treating her ​unfairly because she was a woman).C1 [C] all ​malesconsidered as a ​group, or all ​femalesconsidered as a ​group: She ​seems to ​regard all members of the ​male sex as ​inferior. Members of the opposite sex are not ​allowed in ​students' ​roomsovernight.

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  • sex noun (ACTIVITY)

B1 [U] physicalactivity between ​peopleinvolving the ​sexualorgans: Sex before/​outsidemarriage is ​stronglydisapproved of in some ​cultures. She was ​complaining about all the sex and ​violence on ​television. She'd been having sex with a ​colleague at ​work for ​years. Most ​youngpeople now ​receive sex education at ​school. extramarital/premarital sex casual sex (= sex with someone you do not ​know) unprotected sex (= sex without using something to ​preventdisease or ​becomingpregnant)

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sexverb [T]

uk   us   /seks/ specialized
to ​discover if an ​animal is ​male or ​female: How do you sex ​fish?
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of sex from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sex" in American English

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sexnoun

 us   /seks/
  • sex noun (MALE OR FEMALE)

[C/U] the ​state of being either ​male or ​female, or all males or all ​femalesconsidered as a ​group; ​gender: [C] List the ​name, ​age, and sex of each of ​yourchildren. [U] Employment ​discrimination on the ​basis of sex is ​illegal.
  • sex noun (ACTIVITY)

[U] the ​activity of ​sexualintercourse
(Definition of sex from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sex”
in Korean 섹스, 성교, 성별…
in Arabic جِنْس…
in Malaysian jantina…
in French sexe…
in Russian секс, пол…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雄性或雌性, 性別, 男性…
in Italian sesso…
in Turkish cinsiyet, cins…
in Polish seks, płeć…
in Spanish sexo…
in Vietnamese giống, giới, phái…
in Portuguese sexo…
in Thai เพศ…
in German das Geschlecht, geschlechts-……
in Catalan sexe…
in Japanese セックス, 性交, 性別…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雄性或雌性, 性别, 男性…
in Indonesian jenis kelamin…
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