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English definition of “parallel”


noun [C]
a similarity: There are a number of parallels between our two situations. People are drawing parallels (= describing similarities) between the two cases.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
(Definition of parallel noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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