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"society" in British English

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societynoun

uk   /səˈsaɪ.ə.ti/ us   /səˈsaɪ.ə.t̬i/
  • society noun (PEOPLE)

B1 [C or U] a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society: a classless/multicultural/capitalist/civilized society These changes strike at the heart of British/American/modern society. There's a danger that we will end up blaming innocent children for society's problems. We must also consider the needs of the younger/older members of society.
[U] also high society the part of society that consists of people who are rich, powerful, and fashionable: a society hostess/ball/function
[U] formal the state of being together with other people: She prefers her own society (= likes to be alone).

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  • society noun (ORGANIZATION)

B2 [C] an organization to which people who share similar interests can belong: the school debating society the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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

"society" in American English

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societynoun

us   /səˈsɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/
  • society noun (PEOPLE)

[C/U] people considered as a group, or a group of people who live together in a particular social system: [U] Society is changing little by little. [C] Societies change over the course of time.
[C/U] Society also refers to that group of people who are rich, powerful, or fashionable: [U] He’s a part of Boston society.
  • society noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C] an organization for people who have special interests or who want to support particular activities: Zoological societies protect and study wild animals.
(Definition of society from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"society" in Business English

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societynoun

uk   /səˈsaɪəti/ us   plural societies
[U] people in general living together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things, and sharing the work that needs to be done: Society cannot expect perfection in products and services, but it can expect that corporations will always act responsibly. These fraudsters are preying on the poorest and the most vulnerable people in society.
[C or U] the people who live in a particular country or area and their way of life and customs: The prime growth engine of capitalist societies is innovation. We live in a multicultural society. Will we ever achieve a cashless society? Homeownership is a linchpin of American society.
[C] BANKING used in the name of some UK banks to show that they are mutuals (= banks that are owned by the people who keep money in them), or that they were mutual in the past: The building society responded to numerous inquiries about mortgages from first-time buyers. These bonds are only offered by friendly societies. The society says it has been passing on extra benefits to its members for some time.
[C] an organization to which people who share similar interests can belong: the American Society of Civil Engineers the Industrial Society
(Definition of society from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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