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"sketch" in British English

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sketchnoun [C]

uk   /sketʃ/ us   /sketʃ/
  • sketch noun [C] (SIMPLE SHAPE/FORM)

C1 a simple, quickly-made drawing that does not have many details: My mother made a (pencil) sketch of my brother reading a book.
C2 a short written or spoken story that does not have many details

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  • sketch noun [C] (HUMOROUS PERFORMANCE)

C1 a short, humorous part of a longer show on stage, television, or radio: I thought the sketch about celebrity chefs was really funny.

sketchverb [I or T]

uk   /sketʃ/ us   /sketʃ/
to make a sketch of something: The art students were told to sketch the landscape. When I have some spare time, I like to sketch. The artist has sketched out a design for the new school.
(Definition of sketch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sketchnoun [C]

us   /sketʃ/
  • sketch noun [C] (DRAWING)

a simple, quickly made drawing: a pen and ink sketch
  • sketch noun [C] (HUMOROUS PERFORMANCE)

a short, humorous part of a stage, television, or radio show: She helped write a sketch for a comedy show.
  • sketch noun [C] (DESCRIPTION)

a short description that does not give many details: a biographical sketch

sketchverb [I/T]

/sketʃ/
to quickly make a simple drawing: [I] I like to sketch.
(Definition of sketch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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