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noun [C] uk   us   /mæp/
A2 a drawing of the earth's surface, or part of that surface, showing the shape and position of different countries, political borders, natural features such as rivers and mountains, and artificial features such as roads and buildings: a map of the world a map of Paris a road map We need a large-scale map showing all the footpaths that we can walk along. I'm terrible at map reading (= understanding maps). a drawing that gives you a particular type of information about a particular area: He bought a map showing the population distribution of Scotland. something that shows the position of stars in the sky or the features on the surface of planets: a celestial map a map of Mars a very simple drawing that shows a direction of travel between one place and another: I'll draw you a quick map if you're worried about finding the hotel.
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verb [T] uk   us   /mæp/ (-pp-)
to represent an area of land in the form of a map: Parts of the mountainous region in the north of the country have still not been mapped.
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