spate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"spate" in British English

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spatenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /speɪt/
a ​largernumber of ​events than ​usual, ​especiallyunpleasantones, ​happening at about the same ​time: Police are ​investigating a spate ofburglaries in the Kingsland Road ​ (full) spate UK If a ​river is in (​full) spate, it has more ​water in it and is ​flowingfaster than it usually does.
(Definition of spate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spate" in American English

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spatenoun [U]

 us   /speɪt/
an ​unusuallylargenumber of ​events that ​happensuddenly and at about the same ​time: We have had a spate of ​burglariesrecently.
(Definition of spate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “spate”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指不愉快的)大量突发事件…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指不愉快的)大量突發事件…
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