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Meaning of “society” in the English Dictionary

"society" in British English

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societynoun

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

B1 [C or U] a ​largegroup 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 ​similarcountries, can be referred to as a society: a ​classless/​multicultural/​capitalist/​civilized society These ​changesstrike at the ​heart of British/American/​modern society. There's a ​danger that we will end up ​blaminginnocentchildren 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 ​sharesimilarinterests can ​belong: the ​schooldebating 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] peopleconsidered as a ​group, or a ​group of ​people who ​live together in a ​particularsocialsystem: [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 ​specialinterests or who ​want to ​supportparticularactivities: Zoological societies ​protect and ​studywildanimals.
(Definition of society from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"society" in Business English

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societynoun

uk   us   /səˈsaɪəti/ (plural societies)
[U] people in ​generalliving 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 ​primegrowthengine 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 ​keepmoney in them), or that they were ​mutual in the past: The building societyresponded to numerous ​inquiries about ​mortgages from ​first-timebuyers. These ​bonds are only ​offered by friendly societies. The society says it has been ​passing on ​extrabenefits 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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