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mantle

noun uk   /ˈmæn.tl̩/ us    /-t̬l̩/

mantle noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

[S] formal the responsibilities of an important position or job, especially as given from the person who had the job to the person who replaces them: She unsuccessfully attempted to assume the mantle of presidency. He has been asked to take on the mantle of managing director in the New York office.Duty, obligation and responsibility

mantle noun (LAYER)

[C] literary a layer of something that covers a surface: A thick mantle of snow lay on the ground. We watched the building vanish under a mantle of thick smoke as the fire swiftly moved through it.Coverings and layers [C] specialized geology the part of the Earth that surrounds the central coreCoverings and layers [C] in the past, a piece of clothing without sleeves that was worn over other clothesCoats, jackets and cloaks
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