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"major" in American English

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majoradjective

us   /ˈmeɪ·dʒər/
  • major adjective (IMPORTANT)

[not gradable] more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type: Fresh fruits are a major source of vitamin C. We awaited major new developments in the peace talks.
  • major adjective (MUSIC)

music based on a scale (= series of musical notes) in which there is a whole step (= sound difference) between each note except between the third and fourth notes and the seventh and eighth notes: a major scale a major chord

majornoun [C]

us   /ˈmeɪ·dʒər/
  • major noun [C] (OFFICER)

a military officer of middle rank, above a captain
  • major noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

the most important subject that a college or university student is studying, or the student studying that subject: an English major
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"major" in British English

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majoradjective

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/ us   /ˈmeɪ.dʒɚ/
  • major adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 [before noun] more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type: All of her major plays have been translated into English. Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay. There are two problems with this situation, one major, one minor. Citrus fruits are a major source of vitamin C. There has been a major change in attitudes recently. The United States is a major influence in the United Nations.

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majornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/ us   /ˈmeɪ.dʒɚ/
  • major noun [C] (OFFICER)

also Major an officer of middle rank in the British, US, and many other armed forces: Her father was a major in the Scots Guards. Major Winters/Richard Winters [as form of address] Thank you, Major.
  • major noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

US the most important subject that a college or university student is studying, or the student himself or herself: What is your major, English or French? She was a philosophy major at an Ivy League college.

majorverb

uk   /ˈmeɪ.dʒər/ us   /ˈmeɪ.dʒɚ/
major in sth US
B2 to study something as your main subject at college or university: She majored in philosophy at Harvard.
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"major" in Business English

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majoradjective

uk   /ˈmeɪdʒər/ us  
very large, important, or powerful, especially when compared with others of the same type: a rail link connecting major European cities Exports play a major role in key sub-sectors. Our prices are lower on 2,000 items than those of all our major competitors. major companies/corporations/retailers
a major change, difference, etc. affects a lot of people or organizations, sometimes in a way that causes difficulties for them: Lack of skilled workers has become a major problem in recent years. Governments now face major challenges in addressing problems in the global economy. a major barrier/obstacle/boost

majornoun [C, usually plural]

uk   /ˈmeɪdʒər/ us  
COMMERCE one of the most important companies in a particular industry: The majors are projected to collect up to $1 trillion in profits over the next 10 years. Among the majors, this airline ranks first for on-time arrivals . oil/industry/supermarket majors
(Definition of major from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “major”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic مُهِم, كَبير…
in Malaysian besar…
in French majeur…
in Russian крупный, важный, мажорный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 重要的, 較重要的, 主要的…
in Italian maggiore, più importante…
in Turkish ana, esas, büyük…
in Polish podstawowy, ważny, dur…
in Spanish mayor, principal…
in Vietnamese chủ yếu, lớn…
in Portuguese principal, importante…
in Thai สำคัญมาก…
in German bedeutend…
in Catalan important, gran…
in Japanese 主要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重要的, 较重要的, 主要的…
in Indonesian besar…
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“major” in Business English

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