Meaning of “still” in the English Dictionary

"still" in English

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uk /stɪl/ 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 missing child is still alive.
There's still time for us to get to the cinema before the film starts.

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still adverb (DESPITE)

B1 despite that:

You may not approve of what he did, but he's still your brother.
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 even greater degree or in an even greater amount:

The number of people killed in the explosion is likely to rise still higher.
Still more snow fell overnight.
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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uk /stɪl/ 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 brush your hair if you don't keep/hold still.
She sat perfectly 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 sparkling water?

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

stillverb [ T ]

uk /stɪl/ us /stɪl/

to make something stop moving or become more calm:

He tried to still the swaying of the hammock.
literary She cuddled her baby to still its cries.


uk /stɪl/ us /stɪl/

(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/

still adverb [ not gradable ] (UNTIL NOW)

continuing until now or until a particular time:

The universe is still expanding.
Two years later she still had scars on her knees.

still adverb [ not gradable ] (DESPITE)

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.

still adverb [ not gradable ] (EVEN GREATER)

to an even greater degree or in an even greater amount:

Lulu’s apartment is crammed with papers and boxes that hold still more papers.

stilladjective, adverb [ -er/-est only ]

us /stɪl/

still adjective, adverb [ -er/-est only ] (NOT MOVING)

not moving; staying in the same position:

Just hold still – you’ve got a little cut on your head.
Time seems almost to stand still here, doesn’t it?


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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