Meaning of “temperature” in the English Dictionary

"temperature" in British English

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uk /ˈtem.prə.tʃər/ us /ˈtem.pɚ.ə.tʃɚ/

temperature noun (HEAT LEVEL)

A2 [ C or U ] the measured amount of heat in a place or in the body:

Preheat the oven to a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures have risen over the past few days (= the weather has become warmer).
The doctor examined him and took his temperature (= measured it).
run/have a temperature

A2 to have a higher body temperature than normal and to be ill

More examples

  • The temperature today reached 25°C.
  • Your sweater will shrink if you wash it at too high a temperature.
  • It seems these ants can tolerate temperatures which would kill other species.
  • The fridge keeps food at a constant temperature.
  • Shall I give you the temperature in Celsius or in Fahrenheit?

temperature noun (OF A SITUATION)

[ U ] If you say that the temperature in a particular situation is rising, you mean that it is likely to become violent because people have become angry:

The temperature of the discussion started to rise as each side added its own arguments.

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

"temperature" in American English

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temperaturenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtem·pər·ə·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/

the measured amount of heat in a place or in the body:

[ C ] Temperatures should reach the 50s today.
[ U ] An increase in temperature is normal.

A temperature is also a fever:

[ C ] You have a temperature.

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

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