slate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"slate" in British English

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slatenoun

uk   us   /sleɪt/

slate noun (ROCK)

[C or U] a ​darkgreyrock that can be ​easilydivided into ​thinpieces, or a ​small, ​thinpiece of this used to ​cover a ​roof

slate noun (FOR WRITING)

[C] in the past, a ​small, ​thin, ​rectangularpiece of slate (= ​rock), usually in a ​woodenframe, used for writing on, ​especially by ​children

slate noun (COMPUTER)

[C] (also slate PC) a ​smallcomputer with a ​screen that you can write on using a ​specialpen

slate noun (LIST)

[C] US a ​list of ​people who are being ​considered for a ​particularjob or ​position, ​especially in ​politics: Is there anyone in the ​current slate of candidates who could ​defeat the ​president? His ​novel was ​chosen from a slate of ten ​finalists.

slateverb [T]

uk   us   /sleɪt/

slate verb [T] (CHOOSE)

be slated to be ​expected to ​happen in the ​future or to be ​expected to be or do something in the ​future: [+ to infinitive] Jeff is slated to be the next ​captain of the ​team. The ​meeting is slated for (= the ​chosenday is) next ​Thursday.

slate verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

UK informal to ​attack by ​criticizing; to write or say that something is very ​bad: Her last ​book was slated by the ​critics.

slate verb [T] (ROCK)

to ​cover a ​roof with slates

slateadjective

uk   us   /sleɪt/
of a ​coloursimilar to slate: slate grey slate blue
(Definition of slate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slate" in American English

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slatenoun

 us   /sleɪt/

slate noun (ROCK)

[U] a ​darkgrayrock that can be ​divided into ​wide, ​flat, ​thinpieces

slate noun (POLITICS)

[C] the ​people of a ​particularpoliticalparty who are ​trying to be ​elected to ​offices in ​government in an ​election: The Republicans are ​expected to ​announcetheir slate ​tomorrow.

slateverb [T]

 us   /sleɪt/

slate verb [T] (SCHEDULE)

to ​schedule or ​expect to ​happen: The ​festival is slated to ​run here ​January 28th to ​February 7th.
(Definition of slate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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