Definition of “mathematics” - English Dictionary

“mathematics” in British English

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mathematicsnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌmæθˈmæt.ɪks/ us /ˌmæθˈmæt̬.ɪks/ formal UK maths, US math

A2 the study of numbers, shapes, and space using reason and usually a special system of symbols and rules for organizing them


  • When it comes to mathematics, he's in a different class to his peers.
  • You need a firm grasp of mathematics to become an astronaut.
  • I studied pure mathematics.

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

“mathematics” in American English

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mathematicsnoun [ U ]

us /ˌmæθ·əˈmæt̬·ɪks/ short form math, /mæθ/
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌmæθ·ə·ˈmæt̬·ɪ·kəl/

a mathematical formula

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