Definition of “the NHS” - English Dictionary

“the NHS” in British English

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the NHSnoun

uk /ˌen.eɪtʃˈes/ us /ˌen.eɪtʃˈes/

abbreviation for the National Health Service :

Many forms of cosmetic surgery are not available on (= paid for by) the NHS.
NHS
adjective uk us

an NHS hospital

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

“the NHS” in Business English

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the NHSnoun [ S ]

uk us GOVERNMENT

abbreviation for the National Health Service: the service in the UK that provides free medical treatment for everyone and is paid for by the government:

The new government promised to safeguard the future of the NHS.
The operation was carried out on the NHS.
an NHS hospital/patient/manager

(Definition of “the NHS” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)