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coldadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /koʊld/

cold adjective [-er/-est only] (LOW TEMPERATURE)

having a ​lowtemperature, esp. when ​compared to the ​temperature of the ​humanbody, and not ​hot or ​warm: cold ​weather I ​forgot my ​gloves and my ​hands are getting cold.

cold adjective [-er/-est only] (UNFRIENDLY)

not ​showing or ​influenced by ​affection, ​kindness, or ​feeling; not ​friendly: a cold ​greeting/​reception

coldnoun

 us   /koʊld/

cold noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a ​commoninfection, esp. in the ​nose and ​throat, which often ​causes you to ​sneeze and ​cough, to ​feeltired, and sometimes to have ​pain in the ​muscles: I’m ​afraid I’m ​catching a cold.

cold noun (LOW TEMPERATURE)

[U] The cold is cold ​temperature or cold ​weather: Don’t ​stand out there in the cold – come in here and get ​warm.
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Definition of "cold" - British English Dictionary

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coldadjective

uk   /kəʊld/  us   /koʊld/

cold adjective (LOW TEMPERATURE)

A1 at a ​lowtemperature, ​especially when ​compared to the ​temperature of the ​humanbody, and not ​hot, or ​warm: a cold ​day/​house cold ​food/​water cold ​hands cold ​weather My ​feet are so cold. It's ​freezing cold today. You'll ​feel cold if you don't ​wear a ​coat.
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cold adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

B1 not ​showingkindness, ​love, or ​emotion and not ​friendly: His ​handshake was cold, and his ​eyeslifeless. He ​stared into her cold, ​blueeyes. She would never ​feelwelcome in this ​city with ​its cold, ​unsmilinginhabitants. The ​school was a cold, ​unwelcomingplace.
coldness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkəʊld.nəs/  us   /ˈkoʊld-/
C2 It was the coldness of her ​manner that ​struck me.

coldnoun

uk   /kəʊld/  us   /koʊld/

cold noun (ILLNESS)

A2 [C] a ​commoninfection, ​especially in the ​nose and ​throat, that often ​causes a ​cough, a ​slightfever, and sometimes some ​pain in the ​muscles: I've got a cold. She caught a cold at ​school.UK informal Don't come near me - I've got a stinking/​streaming cold (= ​extremelybad cold).

cold noun (LOW TEMPERATURE)

B1 [S or U] cold ​weather or ​temperatures: Don't ​stand out there in the cold, come in here and get ​warm. Old ​peopletend to feel the cold (= ​feeluncomfortable in cold ​temperatures) more than the ​young. My ​feet were ​numb with cold.
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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