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English definition of “music”


noun [U]     /ˈmjuːzɪk/
SOUNDS A1 a pattern of sounds that is made by playing instruments or singing , or a recording of this: pop / dance music classical music He likes listening to music. Could you put on some music? a music festival a music lesson / teacher Playing musicSinging in general
WRITING written signs that represent sounds that can be sung or played with instruments : I never learnt to read music (= understand written music).Writing, reading and studying music
→ See also chamber music, country music, folk music, face the music
(Definition of music noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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