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bit

noun [C]     /bɪt/
SMALL AMOUNT A2 mainly UK a small amount or piece of something: I wrote it down on a bit of paper. There's a little bit more pasta left. My favourite bit of the film is right at the end. The books are falling to bits (= into separate parts).Words meaning small pieces and amounts
a bit A2 mainly UK slightly: It's a bit cold in here. It was a bit too expensive.Small in number and quantity B2 mainly UK informal a short time: I'll see you in a bit. She lived in Italy for a bit.Small in number and quantityPeriods of time - general words
a bit of a change/fool/problem, etc mainly UK a change, fool (= stupid person), problem, etc, but not an important or serious one: I am a bit of a romantic. It was a bit of a shock.Small in number and quantity
quite a bit informal B1 a lot: He does quite a bit of travelling. She is quite a bit older than him.Large in number or quantity
a bit much mainly UK informal more than is fair, or more than you can deal with: It's a bit much to expect me to tidy up their mess.Too much and unnecessary
bit by bit gradually: She saved up the money, bit by bit.Slow and moving slowly
every bit as used to emphasize that one thing is equally good, important, etc as something else: The gardens are every bit as impressive as the castle itself.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
bits and pieces small things or jobs that are not connected or not very important: We've packed most of it up now, there are just a few bits and pieces left.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
COMPUTER a unit of information in a computer: Can I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer?Computer concepts
HORSE a piece of metal which goes in the mouth of a horse to control itHorse ridingHorse racing
(Definition of bit noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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