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“fever” in British English

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uk /ˈfiː.vər/ us /ˈfiː.vɚ/

fever noun (ILLNESS)

B1 [ C or U ] a medical condition in which the body temperature is higher than usual and the heart beats very fast:

He's got a headache and a slight fever.

More examples

  • If you have a fever you should drink plenty of fluid(s).
  • Both viruses cause fever and loss of appetite.
  • Signs of the illness include fever, nausea and vomiting.
  • The doctor's advice is to let the fever run its course.
  • He's passed the crisis - the fever's started to go down.

(Definition of “fever” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“fever” in American English

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us /ˈfi·vər/


[ C/U ] a condition in which the body’s temperature is higher than usual, esp. as a sign of illness:

[ C ] The child has a rash and a high fever.

fever noun (EXCITEMENT)

[ U ] a state of great excitement or enthusiasm:

Texas was in the grip of football fever.

(Definition of “fever” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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