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"tank" in British English

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tanknoun [C]

uk   /tæŋk/  us   /tæŋk/
  • tank noun [C] (CONTAINER)

C2 a container that holds liquid or gas: a water tank a fuel/petrol tank

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  • tank noun [C] (VEHICLE)

C1 a large military fighting vehicle designed to protect those inside it from attack, driven by wheels that turn inside moving metal belts

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tankverb [I]

uk   /tæŋk/  us   /tæŋk/ informal
(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tank" in American English

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tanknoun [C]

 us   /tæŋk/
  • tank noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a container that holds liquid or gas: a water tank fuel/gas/oxygen tanks a fish tank
  • tank noun [C] (VEHICLE)

(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tank" in Business English

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tanknoun [C]

uk   us   /tæŋk/
a container for holding liquid or gas: a fuel/gas/propane tank
the contents of a tank, or the amount that it will hold: a tank of sth The car can be driven 500 miles on a single 10-gallon tank of gas.
in the tank
informal US in a very bad state or situation, especially because of being too low in price, value, etc.: People will not agree to this sort of spending if the economy is in the tank. It is not surprising that the company's shares are in the tank, recently hitting a 52-week low of 15.40.
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tankverb [I]

uk   us   /tæŋk/ informal
to suddenly begin to have serious problems, especially by falling a lot in price, value, etc.: The state was expecting an increase in tax revenues, but that was before the economy tanked. Car exports in the year to April tanked 23%.
(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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