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"watershed" in British English

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watershednoun

uk   /ˈwɔː.tə.ʃed/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ-/
  • watershed noun (BIG CHANGE)

[S] an ​event or ​period that is ​important because it ​represents a ​bigchange in how ​people do or ​think about something: The ​year 1969 was a watershed in her ​life - she ​changed her ​career and ​remarried.
  • watershed noun (HIGH GROUND)

[C] specialized geography an ​area of high ​ground from which ​waterflows down to a ​river
  • watershed noun (TELEVISION)

the watershed [S] UK in ​Britain, the ​time in the ​evening, usually 9 p.m., when ​televisionprogrammes that are not ​suitable for ​children may ​start to be ​shown
(Definition of watershed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"watershed" in American English

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watershednoun

 us   /ˈwɔ·t̬ərˌʃed, ˈwɑt̬·ər-/
  • watershed noun (BIG CHANGE)

[U] an ​event or ​period that is ​important because it ​represents a ​bigchange and the ​start of new ​developments: a watershed ​event/​moment The ​discovery of ​penicillin was a watershed in the ​history of ​medicine.
  • watershed noun (AREA)

earth science [C] a high ​area of ​land where ​raincollects, some of it ​flowing down to ​supplyrivers, ​lakes, etc., at ​lowerlevels
(Definition of watershed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"watershed" in Business English

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watershednoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈwɔːtəʃed/
an ​event or ​period that is important because it ​represents a ​bigchange in how ​people do or ​think about something: a watershed for sth/sb The ​buyout was hailed on Wall Street as a watershed for ​privateequity.a watershed in sth/sb The ​payagreement was a watershed in the ​development of the company's ​labourrelationssystem.
the watershed in Britain, the ​time in the evening, usually 9 pm, after which ​televisionprogrammes that are not suitable for children can be shown: The ​script censors say which words can be used before the watershed.
watershed
adjective [before noun]
Last ​yearwitnessed a watershed ​change for American ​business.
(Definition of watershed from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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