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honournoun

UK (US honor) uk   /ˈɒn.ər/  us   /ˈɑː.nɚ/

honour noun (RESPECT)

B2 [U] a ​quality that ​combinesrespect, being ​proud, and ​honesty: a man of honour We ​fought for the honour of ​ourcountry.in honour of sb/sth B2 in ​order to ​celebrate or show ​greatrespect for someone or something: a ​banquet in honour of the ​presidentbe/feel honour bound to do sth (also be/feel honour-bound to do sth) to ​feel you must do something because it is ​morallyright, ​even if you do not ​want to do it: I ​felt honour ​bound to ​tell him the ​truth.do sb the honour of doing sth formal to make someone ​proud and ​happy by doing or being something: Would you do me the honour of ​accompanying me to the New Year Ball?Your/His/Her Honour formal the way to ​address or refer to a ​judge: Yes, Your Honour. The ​case was ​dealt with by Her Honour Judge Kirkham.
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honour noun (REWARD)

[C] a ​reward, ​prize, or ​title that ​publiclyexpressesadmiration or ​respect: She ​received an honour for her ​services to the ​community. He was ​buried with fullmilitary honours (= with a ​specialcelebration to show ​respect).with honours If you ​complete a ​school or ​universityqualification with honours, you ​achieve a high ​standard.
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honourverb [T]

UK (US honor) uk   /ˈɒn.ər/  us   /ˈɑː.nɚ/

honour verb [T] (RESPECT)

C1 to show ​greatrespect for someone or something, ​especially in ​public: He was honoured for his ​bravery.formal We are honoured (= ​proud and ​happy) to have you here ​tonight. I would be honoured to ​meet him. To honour a ​promise or ​agreement is to do what you said you would: They ​decided not to honour an ​existingorder for ​aircraft.
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honour verb [T] (REWARD)

to give someone ​publicpraise or a ​reward: He was honoured with a ​knighthood.
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honourverb [T]

UK ( US honor) uk   us   /ˈɒnər/
to do what you promised or ​agreed to do: honour an agreement/contract/deal All existing ​contracts will be honoured. honour a ​commitment/​pledge/promise
to ​allow a ​cheque, ​ticket, etc. to be used: The ​bank was ​contractuallyobliged to honour the ​chequeeven when this put the ​account into the ​red.
to ​paymoneyowed: to honour a ​claim/​debt

honournoun

UK ( US honor) uk   us   /ˈɒnər/
[U] respect that ​people have for a ​person or an ​organization: The world's ​topinvestmentbanks are ​competing for the honour and ​income that comes from ​winning these ​contracts.a badge of honour A high ​creditrating is a ​badge of honour for the treasuries of ​developedeconomies.
[C] a ​reward, ​prize, or ​title that ​expresses admiration or ​respect: be ​awarded/receive an honoura great/high/huge honour She has been ​awarded one of the ​highest honors in ​business and ​technology by the US ​government.
honours [plural] ( abbreviation hons, also Hons) UK a ​level of university ​qualification that is a ​higherstandard than the basic ​level: an honours degree to ​graduate with honours
Your Honour UK (US Your Honor) formal LAW the ​title of ​respect used when speaking to a ​judge: "I ​object, Your Honour", he said.
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