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pit

noun [C] uk   us   /pɪt/

pit noun [C] (PLACE/AREA)

C2 a large hole in the ground, or a slightly low area in any surface: They'd dug a shallow pit and left the bodies in it. These pits in my skin are from when I had chickenpox.
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a coal mine or an area of land from which a natural substance is taken by digging: The coal-mining industry wants new pits to be opened. a gravel/chalk pit slang a very untidy or dirty place: I'm afraid my room is a complete pit!the pit [S] in a theatre, the seats at the lowest level, or the orchestra pit the pits [plural] informal something that is of extremely low quality: The hotel we stayed in was the pits! the area next to a motor race track where the cars are given fuel or repaired during a race
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pit noun [C] (SEED)

mainly US (UK usually stone) a large, hard seed inside some types of fruit: Peaches, plums, and olives all contain pits.

pit

verb [T] uk   us   /pɪt/ (-tt-)
US for stone noun
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