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veteran

noun [C] uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/  us   /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
C2 a person who has had a lot of experience of a particular activity: a 20-year veteran of the New York Police DepartmentC2 (US informal vet) someone who has been in the armed forces during a war: a Vietnam veteran the surviving veterans of World War II
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veteran

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/  us   /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
having been involved in a particular activity for a long time: She's also a veteran campaigner for human rights.
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