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femaleadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈfi·meɪl/
of the sex that can produce eggs and give birth to young: There are now more opportunities for female (= women) athletes in universities.
In plants and flowers, female refers to a plant which produces flowers that will later develop into fruit.

femalenoun [C]

/ˈfi·meɪl/
a female person or animal: The number of females competing in college sports has increased.
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"female" in British English

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femaleadjective

uk   /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us   /ˈfiː.meɪl/
femaleness
noun [U] uk   /ˈfiː.meɪl.nəs/ us   /ˈfiː.meɪl.nəs/

femalenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us   /ˈfiː.meɪl/
B2 a female animal or person: The kitten was actually a female, not a male. Females (= women) represent 40 percent of the country's workforce.
used to refer to a woman in a way that shows no respect: I suspect the doctor thought I was just another hysterical female.

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"female" in Business English

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femaleadjective

uk   /ˈfiːmeɪl/ us  
belonging or relating to women: The percentage of female managers in industry has doubled in five years.
used to describe a piece of equipment that has a hole or space into which another part can be fitted: a female plug/connector
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femalenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfiːmeɪl/ us  
a woman or girl: The magazine is aimed at 18–25-year-old females. The number of female-owned firms is growing.
(Definition of female from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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