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vacuumnoun

uk   /ˈvæk.juːm/ us   /ˈvæk.juːm/

vacuumverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈvæk.juːm/ us   /ˈvæk.juːm/ UK also hoover
to use a vacuum cleaner to collect dust, dirt, etc.: Vacuum (up) the cake crumbs, would you?
(Definition of vacuum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vacuumnoun [C]

us   /ˈvæk·jum, -ju·əm, -jəm/
physics a space without any gas or other matter in it, or a space from which most of the air or gas has been removed: Edison knew that he had to create a vacuum inside the lightbulb. fig. No marriage exists in a vacuum (= in a situation where nothing else has any influence).

vacuumverb [I/T]

us   /ˈvæk·jum, -jʊ·əm/
to clean something by using a vacuum cleaner: [T] Then I vacuumed the carpet.
(Definition of vacuum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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