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society

noun uk   /səˈsaɪ.ə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/

society noun (PEOPLE)

B1 [C or U] a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society: a classless/multicultural/capitalist/civilized society These changes strike at the heart of British/American/modern society. There's a danger that we will end up blaming innocent children for society's problems. We must also consider the needs of the younger/older members of society. [U] (also high society) the part of society that consists of people who are rich, powerful, and fashionable: a society hostess/ball/function [U] formal the state of being together with other people: She prefers her own society (= likes to be alone).
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society noun (ORGANIZATION)

B2 [C] an organization to which people who share similar interests can belong: an amateur dramatic society the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
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