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"vice" in British English

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viceprefix

(also vice-) uk   us   /vaɪs/
used as ​part of the ​title of ​particularpositions. The ​person who ​holds one of these ​positions is next below in ​authority to the ​person who ​holds the ​fullposition and can ​act for them: the vice ​captain of the ​team a vice ​admiral

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vicenoun

uk   us   /vaɪs/
  • vice noun (FAULT)

C2 [C or U] a ​moralfault or ​weakness in someone's ​character: Greed, ​pride, ​envy, and ​lust are ​considered to be vices.mainly humorous My one ​real vice (= ​badhabit) is ​chocolate. [U] illegal and immoralactivities, ​especiallyinvolvingillegalsex, ​drugs, etc.: The ​chief of ​police said that he was ​committed to ​wiping out vice in the ​city.
  • vice noun (TOOL)

[C] mainly UK (US usually vise) a ​tool with two ​parts that can be ​moved together by ​tightening a screw so that an ​object can be ​heldfirmly between them while it is being ​worked on: Vices are often used to ​holdpieces of ​wood that are being ​cut or ​smoothed. Her ​handtightened like a vice around his ​arm.
(Definition of vice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vice" in American English

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vicenoun [C]

 us   /vɑɪs/
  • vice noun [C] (MORAL FAULT)

a ​moralfault or ​weakness in a person’s ​character: His ​virtuesfaroutnumber his vices. Vice is also ​immoralbehavior.

viceprefix

 us   /vɑɪs/
  • vice prefix (TITLE)

used as ​part of a ​title to show the ​rank of an ​officer or ​official of a ​company or ​organization, ​immediately below a ​president or ​chairperson: a vice ​principal Vice Premier Zhu Rongji He ​served as vice ​chairman of the ​federalreserve. There are three vice ​presidents in that ​company.
(Definition of vice from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vice-" in Business English

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vice-prefix

(also vice) uk   us   HR, MANAGEMENT
used as ​part of a ​jobtitle when someone has a ​position directly below the ​person in ​charge: She was made a vice-president.
(Definition of vice- from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “vice”
in Korean 비행…
in Arabic رَذيلة…
in Malaysian ragum…
in French étau…
in Russian порок, зло, преступление…
in Chinese (Traditional) 副職的, 副的…
in Italian vizio…
in Turkish zaaf, kusur, kişilik zayıflığı…
in Polish wada, prostytucja i narkotyki, imadło…
in Spanish torno de banco…
in Vietnamese mỏ cặp, êtô…
in Portuguese vício…
in Thai คีมจับ…
in German der Schraubstock…
in Catalan vici…
in Japanese 悪癖…
in Chinese (Simplified) 副职的, 副的…
in Indonesian tanggam…
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