Meaning of “space” in the English Dictionary

"space" in English

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uk /speɪs/ us /speɪs/

space noun (EMPTY PLACE)

A2 [ C or U ] an empty area 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 your name.
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 artificial worlds to explore, outside normal space and time.

[ U ] the distance between a football, rugby, etc. player and any opposing players:

If you give quality players 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.
in/within a short space of time

very soon:

Within a short space of time you could be speaking perfect English!
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 empty area outside Earth's atmosphere, where the planets and the stars are:

a space rocket
Who was the first human being in space/the first to go into space?

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spaceverb [ T ]

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to arrange things or people so that there is some distance or time between them:

That page looks badly spaced (= there is too much/too little distance between the lines or words).
The flowers were spaced (out) evenly (= planted at equal distances) beside the path.
If you're in financial difficulty, we're happy to let you space (out) your payments (= pay in smaller amounts over a longer period 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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us /speɪs/

space noun (EMPTY PLACE)

[ C/U ] an empty place:

[ 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 wide open spaces.

art [ C/U ] In a painting, space is the appearance of depth even 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 rocket blasted 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 stitches evenly as you sew.

space verb [ T ] (ARRANGE TIME)

to arrange the time between things:

The moves are spaced about eight to ten seconds apart.

(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 /speɪs/ us

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:

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)