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literature

noun [U]  us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ə·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/

literature noun [U] (WRITING)

writing that has lasting value as art: The course in English literature covers Shakespeare’s plays.

literature noun [U] (INFORMATION)

all the information written about a subject: The medical literature is full of examples of accidental discoveries that led to important advances in science. Literature is also printed material published by a company that informs people about its products or services: They handed out literature at the meeting about their new software.
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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