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"virtual" in British English

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virtualadjective

uk   /ˈvɜː.tju.əl/  us   /ˈvɝː-/

virtual adjective (ALMOST)

C1 [before noun] almost a ​particular thing or ​quality: Ten ​years of ​incompetentgovernment had ​brought about the virtual ​collapse of the country's ​economy.
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virtual adjective (COMPUTER)

B2 Something that is virtual can be done or ​seen using a ​computer and ​therefore without going ​anywhere or ​talking to anyone: virtual ​shopping
(Definition of virtual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"virtual" in American English

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virtualadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈvɜr·tʃu·əl/
almost, but not ​exactly or in every way: She was a virtual ​unknown before this ​movie. Snow ​brought Minneapolis to a virtual ​standstillyesterday.
virtually
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈvɜr·tʃə·wə·li/
Unemployment in this ​part of the ​country is virtually nonexistent.
(Definition of virtual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"virtual" in Business English

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virtualadjective

uk   us   /ˈvɜːtʃuəl/
[before noun] almost complete: Falling ​ordersled to the virtual ​ruin of her ​company. It is important to ensure that ​mergers of these ​companies do not ​result in a virtual ​monopoly in the ​industry.
INTERNET, IT used to describe something that can be done or seen using ​computers or the ​internet instead of going to a ​place, ​meetingpeople in ​person, etc.: The country's first virtual ​business school is up and ​running. Click here to take a virtual ​tour of homes we have for ​sale.
(Definition of virtual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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