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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 suncream over her entire 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 thin legs and arms.A2 [C] a dead person: A body was washed up on the beach last week. [C] the painted metal shell of a vehicle, such as a car or an aircraft
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[C usually singular] old-fashioned a person: How is a body supposed to live in these conditions? [C] UK (US bodysuit) a piece of tight-fitting women's clothing that covers the top half of the body and fastens between the legs
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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. Chatsworth High School’s student body raised $5,000 for the charity. 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.
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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. [C] formal A body of water is a large area of water, such as a lake.

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. the main part of a large building: to enter the body of the cathedral

body noun (OBJECT)

[C] specialized physics a separate object or mass: The distance between the two bodies in space was measured daily.

body noun (QUALITY)

[U] a strong or thick quality: This Bordeaux has plenty of body (= strong flavour). Conditioner can give your hair more body.
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