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parenthesisnoun [C usually pl]

us   /pəˈren·θə·səs/ plural parentheses /pəˈren·θəˌsiz/
either of a pair of marks ( ), or the information inside them, used in a piece of writing to show that what is inside these marks should be considered as separate from the main part: Dates in parentheses indicate when the film was reviewed.
(Definition of parenthesis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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parenthesisnoun [C]

uk   /pəˈren.θə.sɪs/ us   /pəˈren.θə.sɪs/ plural parentheses
a remark that is added to a sentence, often to provide an explanation or extra information, that is separated from the main part of the sentence by commas, brackets, or dashes: The sentence "Her youngest sister - the one who lives in Australia - is coming over next summer" contains a parenthesis.
in parenthesis
If, while you are talking, you say something in parenthesis, you say it as something extra and then continue with the main part of the sentence: Of his origins he said very little, merely mentioning in parenthesis that his background was poor.
(Definition of parenthesis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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