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English definition of “sabbatical”


noun [C, U]     /səˈbætɪkəl/
a period when a university teacher does not do their usual work and instead travels or studies: He was on sabbatical last year.University and college educationTime off work
(Definition of sabbatical noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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