Meaning of “vacuum” in the English Dictionary

"vacuum" in British English

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vacuumnoun

uk /ˈvæk.juːm/ us /ˈvæk.juːm/

vacuumverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈvæk.juːm/ us /ˈvæk.juːm/ UK also hoover

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

"vacuum" in American English

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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)