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"sparse" in British English

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sparseadjective

uk   /spɑːs/  us   /spɑːrs/
small in ​numbers or ​amount, often ​spread over a ​largearea: a sparse ​population/​audience sparse ​vegetation/​woodland a sparse ​beard Information coming out of the ​disasterarea is sparse.
sparsely
adverb uk   /ˈspɑːs.li/  us   /ˈspɑːrs-/
sparsely ​furnished/​populated
sparseness
noun [U] uk   /ˈspɑːs.nəs/  us   /ˈspɑːrs-/ (also sparsity, uk   /ˈspɑː.sə.ti/  us   /ˈspɑːr.sə.t̬i/ )
(Definition of sparse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sparse" in American English

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sparseadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /spɑrs/
small in ​number or ​amount and not ​dense or ​close together: plants with sparse ​foliage sparse ​attendance a sparse ​vocabulary
sparsely
adverb  us   /ˈspɑrs·li/
This ​area is very sparsely ​settled because there isn’t much ​water.
(Definition of sparse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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