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"tea" in British English

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teanoun

uk   /tiː/  us   /tiː/
  • tea noun (DRINK)

A1 [C or U] (a ​drink made by ​pouringhotwater onto) ​dried and ​cutleaves and sometimes ​flowers, ​especially the ​leaves of the tea ​plant: China/​Indian tea iced/​lemon tea a ​selection of ​herbal teas The ​waitressbrought us two ​steaming cups of tea. "Shall I ​pour the tea?" "No, ​let it brew (= get ​stronger) a while." How do you like ​your tea - strong or weak? We ​sat in the ​shade of a ​tree, sipping tea and ​eatingscones. I'm not much of a tea drinker.UK Tea and ​biscuits will be ​provided at eleven o'clock.UK informal How about a ​nicecup of tea? That'll make you ​feelbetter.
[C] a ​cup of tea: Two teas, ​please.

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  • tea noun (MEAL)

B1 [U or C] mainly UK a ​smallmealeaten in the late ​afternoon, usually ​includingcake and a ​cup of tea
[U or C] UK a ​meal that is ​eaten in the early ​evening and is usually ​cooked

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(Definition of tea from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tea" in American English

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teanoun [C/U]

 us   /ti/
the ​dried and ​cutleaves of esp. the tea ​plant, or a ​drink made by ​pouringhotwater onto these: [U] I’d ​love a ​nicecup of ​hot tea. [C] We have a ​variety of ​herbal teas.
Br Tea is also a ​lightmealeaten in the late ​afternoon or early ​evening.
(Definition of tea from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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