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Meaning of “space” in the English Dictionary

"space" in British English

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spacenoun

uk   us   /speɪs/
  • space noun (EMPTY PLACE)

A2 [C or U] an ​emptyarea that is ​available to be used: Is there any space for my ​clothes in that ​cupboard? I need to make (some) space for Mark's things. When the ​roads are ​wet, you've got to ​leave plenty of space between you and the ​car in ​front. The ​blank space at the end of the ​form is for ​yourname. We ​found a parking space ​close to the ​museum.
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B2 [U] the ​area around everything that ​exists, ​continuing in all ​directions: He was ​absent-mindedly staring/​gazing into space (= ​looking, but ​seeing nothing). Virtual ​reality gives us ​artificialworlds to ​explore, ​outsidenormal space and ​time.[U] the ​distance between a ​football, rugby, etc. ​player and any ​opposingplayers: If you give ​qualityplayers that much space, they will ​punish you.open space land, ​especially in a ​town, that has no ​buildings on it: What I like about this ​town is that there's so much ​open space. I ​love the wideopen spaces (= ​largeareas of ​countryside) of ​centralAustralia.in/within a short space of time very ​soon: Within a ​short space of ​time you could be ​speakingperfectEnglish!in/within the space of six weeks, three hours, etc. during a ​period of six ​weeks, three ​hours, etc.: It all ​happened in the space of ten ​minutes.

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  • space noun (BEYOND EARTH)

B1 [U] the ​emptyareaoutside Earth's atmosphere, where the ​planets and the ​stars are: space ​exploration/​travel a space ​rocket Who was the first ​human being in space/the first to go into space?

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spaceverb [T]

uk   us   /speɪs/
to ​arrange things or ​people so that there is some ​distance or ​time between them: That ​pagelooksbadly spaced (= there is too much/too little ​distance between the ​lines or words). The ​flowers were spaced (out)evenly (= ​planted at ​equaldistances) beside the ​path. If you're in ​financialdifficulty, we're ​happy to ​let you space (out)yourpayments (= ​pay in ​smalleramounts over a ​longerperiod of ​time) over two ​years.
(Definition of space from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"space" in American English

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spacenoun

 us   /speɪs/
  • space noun (EMPTY PLACE)

[C/U] an ​emptyplace: [C] a ​parking/​storage space [U] He was ​staring into space, ​seeing nothing. [C/U] Open space is ​land that has nothing ​built on it: [C] Out ​west there are ​lots of ​wideopen spaces. art [C/U] In a ​painting, space is the ​appearance of ​deptheven though the ​painting only has ​width and ​height.
  • space noun (BEYOND EARTH)

[U] the ​area beyond the ​atmosphere (= ​air) of the ​earth: space ​travel The ​rocketblasted off to ​outer space.
  • space noun (TIME)

[U] an ​amount of ​time: Within the space of three ​weeks, I ​felt much ​better.

spaceverb [T]

 us   /speɪs/
  • space verb [T] (ARRANGE DISTANCE)

to ​arrange the ​distance between things: Try to space the ​stitchesevenly as you ​sew.
  • space verb [T] (ARRANGE TIME)

to ​arrange the ​time between things: The moves are spaced about eight to ten ​secondsapart.
(Definition of space from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"space" in Business English

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spacenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /speɪs/
an empty ​area that is ​available to be used: There is greater ​demand for ​downtown office space.
MARKETING a ​section of a ​newspaper, ​magazine, or ​website that is ​sold to ​companies who want to ​advertise: The ​companybuys advertising space for ​internationalclients.
(also open space) PROPERTY land, especially in a town, that has no ​buildings on it: Development was ​planned for the ​open space outside town.
(Definition of space from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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