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mainadjective [not gradable]

 us   /meɪn/
most ​important or ​larger: The main thing is to ​keepcalm and don’t get ​angry. The main ​socialevent of the ​summer was a ​dance and ​reception.

mainnoun [C]

 us   /meɪn/
  • main noun [C] (PIPE)

a ​largepipe that is ​part of the ​systemcarryingwater or ​gas from one ​place to another: A ​water main ​burst and ​flooded the ​street.
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"main" in British English

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mainadjective [before noun]

uk   /meɪn/  us   /meɪn/
B1 larger, more ​important, or having more ​influence than ​others of the same ​type: The main thing is not to ​worry. One of the main reasons I came to ​England was to ​study the ​language. You'll ​find the main points of my ​proposal in the ​report. Our main aim/​objective is to ​improve the company's ​productivity. The main problem is a ​lack of ​resources. My main concern about ​moving to San Fransisco is the ​cost of ​housing.

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mainnoun

uk   /meɪn/  us   /meɪn/
  • main noun (PIPE)

[C] a ​largepipe that ​carrieswater or ​gas, or a ​wirecarryingelectricity, from one ​place to another, to which a ​house can be ​connected: a gas main The ​severecoldcaused a water main to ​burst and ​flood the ​street.
mains [plural] UK
the ​system of ​pipes or ​wires that ​carrywater or ​electricity into a ​house, or the ​pipes that ​carrysewage away from a ​house: The ​house isn't on the mains. They ​bought a ​house with no mains supply. mains electricity
the mains UK
the ​place at which ​outsidepipes or ​wirescarryingwater, ​electricity, etc. ​connect with the ​system inside a ​house or ​building: Switch off the ​electricity at the mains before ​startingwork.
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"main" in Business English

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mainadjective

uk   us   /meɪn/
biggest or most important: The ​reportidentified three main ​areas for ​improvement. Please go to the ​receptiondesk at the main ​entrance. British Airways, the company's main ​rival, had also seen an ​improvement . the main problem/reason/​objective
(Definition of main from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “main”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in Malaysian utama…
in French principal…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
in Italian principale, più importante…
in Turkish asıl, esas, temel…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Vietnamese chính, quan trọng nhất…
in Portuguese principal…
in Thai สำคัญที่สุด…
in German Haupt-……
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
in Indonesian utama…
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