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minepronoun

 us   /mɑɪn/
  • mine pronoun (BELONGING TO ME)

belonging to me, or that which ​belongs to me: "Whose ​bag is this?" "It’s mine." Yourhair is ​longer than mine. She’s a ​friend of mine.

minenoun [C]

 us   /mɑɪn/
  • mine noun [C] (HOLE)

a ​deephole in the ​ground made for the ​removal of ​coal and other ​substances by ​digging: a ​gold mine
A mine is also where something can be ​found: Belinda is a mine of ​information about ​homedecorating.
  • mine noun [C] (BOMB)

a ​bomb put ​underground or in the ​sea that ​explodes when ​vehicles, ​ships, or ​people go over or near it
A mine ​detector is a ​device used to ​discover whether there are mines in a ​particulararea.

mineverb

 us   /mɑɪn/
  • mine verb (DIG IN HOLE)

[I/T] to ​removecoal or other ​substances from a ​deephole in the ​ground: [T] They mine ​copper in this ​area.
  • mine verb (BOMB)

[T] to ​hide mines in an ​area: The ​desert has been ​heavily mined.
(Definition of mine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"mine" in British English

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minepronoun

uk   /maɪn/  us   /maɪn/
A2 the one(s) ​belonging to or ​connected with me: "Whose ​bag is this?" "It's mine." Your ​son is the same ​age as mine. She's an ​oldfriend of mine. Mine is the ​silvercar, the ​convertible.

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minenoun [C]

uk   /maɪn/  us   /maɪn/
  • mine noun [C] (HOLE)

B2 a ​hole or ​system of ​holes in the ​ground where ​substances such as ​coal, ​metal, and ​salt are ​removed: a coal/​salt/​gold mine a mine shaft My ​grandfather used to ​work in (UK also down) the mines.

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  • mine noun [C] (BOMB)

a ​type of ​bomb put below the ​earth or in the ​sea that ​explodes when ​vehicles, ​ships, or ​people go over it: He was ​killed when his ​tank ran over a mine. The US ​forces were clearing the ​surroundingarea of mines.
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mineverb

uk   /maɪn/  us   /maɪn/
  • mine verb (DIG)

[I or T] to ​digcoal or another ​substance out of the ​ground: They're mining forsalt. They mine a lot of ​copper around these ​parts.
  • mine verb (BOMB)

[T often passive] to ​place or ​hide mines in an ​area of ​land or ​sea: The ​desert was heavily mined.

minedeterminer

uk   /maɪn/  us   /maɪn/ old use
used in the past ​instead of "my" before ​nouns that ​begin with a ​vowel or h : mine ​eyes mine ​host
(Definition of mine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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minenoun [C]

uk   us   /maɪn/ NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION
a ​place in the ​ground where substances such as coal, metal, and salt are ​removed, or the ​area and ​buildings around this ​place: in/down the mine 2,000 ​peoplework down the mine. a coal/salt/​gold mine a mine shaft

mineverb [I or T]

uk   us   /maɪn/ NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION
to dig coal or another substance out of the ​ground: mine for sth They're mining for salt. They mine a lot of copper around these ​parts.
(Definition of mine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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