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dam

noun [C] uk   us   /dæm/
a wall built across a river that stops the river's flow and collects the water, especially to make a reservoir (= an artificial lake) that provides water for an area: The Aswan High Dam is on the River Nile in Egypt.
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dam

verb [T] uk   us   /dæm/ (-mm-)
to build a dam across a river in order to store water
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