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plastic

noun uk   /ˈplæs.tɪk/ us  

plastic noun (SUBSTANCE)

A2 [C or U] an artificial substance that can be shaped when soft into many different forms and has many different uses: He put a sheet of plastic over the broken window. Those flowers aren't real - they're made of plastic.plastics [U] the process or business of producing plastic: The company has moved into plastics. the plastics industry
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plastic noun (MONEY)

[U] ( also plastic money) credit cards or debit cards, rather than money in the form of notes, coins, or cheques: I'd prefer a restaurant where they take plastic.

plastic

adjective uk   /ˈplæs.tɪk/ us  

plastic adjective (SUBSTANCE)

A2 made of plastic: a plastic bag/box/cup
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plastic adjective (FALSE)

disapproving artificial or false: I hate the hostesses' false cheerfulness and plastic smiles.

plastic adjective (SOFT)

soft enough to be changed into a new shape: Clay is a very plastic material. This metal is plastic at high temperatures.
Translations of “plastic”
in Korean 플라스틱…
in Arabic بلاسْتيك…
in Portuguese plástico…
in Catalan plàstic…
in Japanese プラスチック, ビニール…
in Italian plastica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物質, 塑膠…
in Russian пластмасса, пластик…
in Turkish plastik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 物质, 塑料…
in Polish plastik…
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