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fathomnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfæð·əm/
  • fathom noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

a ​unit of ​measurement of the ​depth of ​waterequal to 6 ​feet or 1.8 ​meters

fathomverb [T]

 us   /ˈfæð·əm/
  • fathom verb [T] (UNDERSTAND)

to ​discover the ​meaning of something: I just couldn’t fathom what he was ​talking about.
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