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Meaning of “still” in the English Dictionary

"still" in British English

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stilladverb

uk   us   /stɪl/
  • still adverb (CONTINUING)

A2 continuing to ​happen or ​continuing to be done: I'm still ​hungry. I still haven't ​finished writing my ​essay. There is still no ​news about the ​hostages. Do you still ​work for the ​government? Hope is ​fading that the ​missingchild is still ​alive. There's still ​time for us to get to the ​cinema before the ​filmstarts.

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  • still adverb (DESPITE)

B1 despite that: You may not ​approve of what he did, but he's still ​yourbrother. I ​know you don't like her, but you still don't have to be so ​rude to her. Even though she doesn't really have the ​time, she still ​offered to ​help.

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  • still adverb (GREATER DEGREE)

B2 to an ​evengreaterdegree or in an ​evengreateramount: The ​number of ​peoplekilled in the ​explosion is ​likely to ​rise still ​higher. The ​company is ​hoping to ​extenditsmarket still ​further. Still more ​snowfellovernight. I'll ​meet you at the ​theatre. No, better still, let's ​meet for a ​drink first. I'm ​worried that his ​car has ​broken down, or worse still, that he's had an ​accident. Why do you have to ​tell me still (= ​even) more ​lies?

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stilladjective

uk   us   /stɪl/
B2 staying in the same ​position; not ​moving: Children ​find it ​difficult to sit/​stand/​stay still for very ​long. I can't ​brushyourhair if you don't keep/​hold still. She ​satperfectly still while I took her ​photograph. The air was so still (= there was so little ​wind) that not ​even the ​leaves were ​moving. She ​dived into the still (= ​calm and not ​flowing) water of the ​lake.B1 mainly UK A still ​drink is one that is not fizzy (= with ​bubbles): Would you like still or ​sparklingwater?

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stillness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈstɪl.nəs/

stillverb [T]

uk   us   /stɪl/
to make something ​stopmoving or ​become more ​calm: He ​tried to still the ​swaying of the ​hammock.literary She ​cuddled her ​baby to still ​itscries.

stillnoun

uk   us   /stɪl/
  • still noun (NOT MOVING)

[C] specialized theatre & film a ​photograph of a ​piece of ​action in a ​film [U] literary a ​time when it is ​quiet and ​calm: In the still of the ​night, nothing ​moved.
  • still noun (EQUIPMENT)

[C] a ​piece of ​equipment used for making ​alcohol
(Definition of still from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"still" in American English

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stilladverb [not gradable]

 us   /stɪl/
continuing until now or until a ​particulartime: The ​universe is still ​expanding. Two ​yearslater she still had ​scars on her ​knees.
despite that: He was ​diagnosed with ​cancer but still ​returned to ​work. I’m a ​mother of two and I still ​hold down a ​job.
to an ​evengreaterdegree or in an ​evengreateramount: Lulu’s ​apartment is ​crammed with ​papers and ​boxes that ​hold still more ​papers.

stilladjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /stɪl/
not ​moving; ​staying in the same ​position: Just ​hold still – you’ve got a little ​cut on ​yourhead. Time ​seemsalmost to ​stand still here, doesn’t it?

stillnoun

 us   /stɪl/
  • still noun (EQUIPMENT)

[C] a ​piece of ​equipment used for making ​alcohol
  • still noun (SILENCE)

[U] quiet; ​silence: In the still of the ​night, nothing moved.
(Definition of still from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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