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literaturenoun [U]

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ə·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/
  • literature noun [U] (WRITING)

writing that has lasting value as art: The course in English literature covers Shakespeare’s plays.
  • literature noun [U] (INFORMATION)

all the information written about a subject: The medical literature is full of examples of accidental discoveries that led to important advances in science.
Literature is also printed material published by a company that informs people about its products or services: They handed out literature at the meeting about their new software.
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"literature" in British English

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literaturenoun [U]

uk   /ˈlɪt.rə.tʃər/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.ə.tʃɚ/
  • literature noun [U] (WRITING)

B1 written artistic works, especially those with a high and lasting artistic value: classical/modern literature "Wuthering Heights" is a classic of English literature.

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  • literature noun [U] (SPECIALIST TEXTS)

all the information relating to a subject, especially information written by experts: It's important to keep up-to-date with the literature in your field. There is very little literature on the disease.
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"literature" in Business English

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literaturenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈlɪtrətʃər/
all the information relating to a subject, especially information written by specialists: It's important to keep up-to-date with the literature in your field. Studies in technology management literature propose that radical innovations increase company performance and competitive advantage.
printed material published by a company, etc. to encourage people to buy its products or services: sales/promotional literatureliterature on/about sth Could you send me your literature on car insurance policies, please?
(Definition of literature from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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