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English definition of “cold”

cold

adjective [-er/-est only]  /koʊld/ us  

cold adjective [-er/-est only] (LOW TEMPERATURE)

having a low temperature, esp. when compared to the temperature of the human body, and not hot or warm: cold weather I forgot my gloves and my hands are getting cold.

cold adjective [-er/-est only] (UNFRIENDLY)

not showing or influenced by affection, kindness, or feeling; not friendly: a cold greeting/reception

cold

noun  /koʊld/ us  

cold noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a common infection, esp. in the nose and throat, which often causes you to sneeze and cough, to feel tired, and sometimes to have pain in the muscles: I’m afraid I’m catching a cold.

cold noun (LOW TEMPERATURE)

[U] The cold is cold temperature or cold weather: Don’t stand out there in the cold – come in here and get warm.
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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