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"vault" in British English

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vaultnoun [C]

uk   /vɒlt/  us   /vɑːlt/
  • vault noun [C] (ARCH)

a type of arch that supports a roof or ceiling, especially in a church or public building, or a ceiling or roof supported by several of these arches

vaultverb

uk   /vɒlt/  us   /vɑːlt/
[I usually + adv/prep, T] to jump over something by first putting your hands on it or by using a pole: He vaulted over the gate. She vaulted the wall and kept running. He has vaulted 6.02 m in indoor competitions this year.
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[T] formal to move someone or something suddenly to a much more important position: Last week's changes vaulted the general to the top, over the heads of several of his seniors.
(Definition of vault from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vault" in American English

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vaultnoun [C]

 us   /vɔlt/
  • vault noun [C] (ARCH)

a type of arch that supports a roof or ceiling, esp. in a church or public building, or a ceiling or roof supported by several of these arches
  • vault noun [C] (ROOM)

a room, esp. in or under the ground floor of a large building, that is used to store things safely: The museum keeps many of its treasures in temperature-controlled storage vaults.
In a bank, a vault is where money, jewelry, important documents, etc., are locked for protection.

vaultverb [I/T]

 us   /vɔlt/
to jump over something: [I/T] He vaulted (over) the gate.
To vault is also to move someone suddenly to a much higher or more important position: [T] The speech vaulted him into the national spotlight.
(Definition of vault from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vault" in Business English

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vaultnoun [C]

uk   us   /vɔːlt/
a room with thick walls and a strong door, which is used to safely store money, valuable things, etc.: Buyers often store gold in a bank vault. The storage vaults will be able to store 100,000 metric tons of gas.

vaultverb

uk   us   /vɔːlt/
[T] to move someone suddenly to a more important position: His impressive fundraising vaulted him into the top tier of candidates.
[I] to move suddenly to a higher level or a more important position: vault to sth In June, gasoline vaulted 3.01 cents to 66.04 cents a gallon.vault into sth Can these small firms vault into the big league?
(Definition of vault from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“vault” in British English

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