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machine

noun [C] uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/

machine noun [C] (PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

A2 a piece of equipment with several moving parts that uses power to do a particular type of work: The different sizes of eggs are sorted by a machine. If I'm not home when you call, leave a message on the machine (= answering machine). Don't forget to put the towels in the machine (= washing machine) before you go out. I got some chocolate from a vending machine.
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machine noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a computer: You'll need a powerful machine for editing videos.

machine noun [C] (VEHICLE)

informal a vehicle, often a motorcycle: approving That's a mean (= powerful) machine you've got there, Bill.

machine noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

a group of people who control and organize something: Churchill's war machine The party machine has swung into action with its preparation for the election. It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to restore the leader's image.

machine

verb [T] uk   us   /məˈʃiːn/
to sew cloth with a sewing machine: I've almost finished making the curtains - I just have to machine the hem.
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