Meaning of “technique” in the English Dictionary

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"technique" in British English

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techniquenoun [ C or U ]

uk /tekˈniːk/ us /tekˈniːk/

B1 a way of doing an activity that needs skill:

We have developed a new technique for detecting errors in the manufacturing process.
She's a wonderfully creative dancer but she doesn't have the technique of a truly great performer.

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  • He is keen to perfect his golfing technique.
  • This new technique of artificially growing cells copies what actually happens in nature.
  • Yoga is a very effective technique for combating stress.
  • I refuse to be intimidated by high-pressure sales techniques.
  • We ensure that our surgeons are trained in all the latest surgical techniques.

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

"technique" in American English

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techniquenoun [ C/U ]

us /tekˈnik/

a way of performing a skillful activity, or the skill needed to do it:

[ C ] New surgical techniques are constantly being developed.
[ U ] The violinist’s technique was flawless.

A technique is also a way of doing anything that involves planning:

[ C ] She devised numerous techniques for annoying her father.

(Definition of “technique” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"technique" in Business English

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techniquenoun [ C ]

uk /tekˈniːk/ us

a way of doing something that needs skill or thought:

technique for (doing) sth You need to develop techniques for dealing with staff who have performance problems.
management techniques

(Definition of “technique” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)