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body

noun uk   /ˈbɒd.i/ us    /ˈbɑː.di/

body noun (PHYSICAL STRUCTURE)

A1 [C] the whole physical structure that forms a person or animal: A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy. She rubbed sun lotion over her entire body.The body B1 [C] the main part of a person's or animal's body, without the head, or without the head, arms, and legs: He had a fat body but rather thin legs and arms.The body A2 [C] a dead person: A body was washed up on the beach last week.Death and dying [C usually singular] old-fashioned a person: How is a body supposed to live in these conditions?People in general [C] the painted metal shell of a vehicle, such as a car or an aircraft
See also
The exterior of vehiclesParts of aeroplanes
[C] UK (US bodysuit) a piece of tight-fitting women's clothing that covers the top half of the body and fastens between the legsUnderwearJumpers, shirts and tee-shirts

body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

C2 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people who have joined together for a particular reason: a governing body an advisory body The RSPCA is a respected body working for animal welfare. There is a large body of people who are unaware of their basic rights.Groups of people in a body formal If people do something in a body, they do it together as a group, in an official way: The cleaning staff went in a body to the manager to complain.Groups of people

body noun (AMOUNT)

[C] a large amount of something: There is a growing body of evidence to support their claim. She collected a huge body of information on the subject. A substantial body of opinion (= a large group of people with the same opinion) is opposed to any change.Masses and large amounts of things [C] formal A body of water is a large area of water, such as a lake.Inland waters

body noun (MAIN PART)

the body [S] the main part of a book, article, etc.: I thought the most interesting details in the book were not in the body of the text, but in the notes at the end.Words meaning parts of things the main part of a large building: to enter the body of the cathedralWords meaning parts of things

body noun (OBJECT)

[C] specialized physics a separate object or mass: The distance between the two bodies in space was measured daily.Masses and large amounts of things

body noun (QUALITY)

[U] a strong or thick quality: This Bordeaux has plenty of body (= strong flavour). Conditioner can give your hair more body.Power and intensityEnergy, force and power
(Definition of body from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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