yoke Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"yoke" in British English

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yokenoun [C]

uk   /jəʊk/  us   /joʊk/

yoke noun [C] (FOR ANIMALS)

a ​woodenbar that is ​fastened over the ​necks of two ​animals, ​especially cattle, and ​connected to the ​vehicle or load that they are ​pulling

yoke noun [C] (IN CLOTHING)

a ​fittedpart of a ​piece of ​clothing, ​especially a ​strip that goes around the ​shoulders or ​waist, to which is ​sewn a ​looserpiece of ​material

yoke noun [C] (CONNECTION)

formal something that ​connects two things or ​people, usually in a way that ​unfairlylimitsfreedom: the yoke of ​marriage Both ​countries had ​thrown off the ​communist yoke.


uk   /jəʊk/  us   /joʊk/

yoke verb (ANIMALS)

[T] to put a yoke on ​animals, ​especially cattle, so that they are ​fastened together and to a ​connectedvehicle or load: Two ​oxen yoked to a ​ploughwalkedwearily up and down the ​field.

yoke verb (THINGS)

[T often passive] formal to ​combine or ​connect two things: All these different ​politicalelements have ​somehow been yoked together to ​form a new ​alliance.
(Definition of yoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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yokenoun [C]

 us   /joʊk/
(esp. in the past) a ​woodenbarfastened over the ​necks of two ​animals, esp. ​cattle, and ​connected to a ​vehicle or ​load that they are ​pulling fig. Yoke can also refer to something that ​unfairlylimitsfreedom: the yoke of ​slavery
(Definition of yoke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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