Definition of “pioneer” - English Dictionary

“pioneer” in British English

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

“pioneer” in American English

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pioneernoun [ C ]

us /ˌpɑɪ·əˈnɪər/

a person who is among the first to study or develop something:

He was a pioneer in big-band jazz.

US history A pioneer is also a person who is among the first to enter and live in an area, esp. European Americans in the western US:

The pioneers made their way across the desert.
pioneer
verb [ T ] us /ˌpɑɪ·əˈnɪər/

He pioneered the design of the Internet.

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“pioneer” in Business English

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pioneerverb [ T ]

uk /ˌpaɪəˈnɪər/ us

to be the first person or organization to start work in a new area, introduce a new idea, etc.:

He is chief content officer of Netflix, the company that pioneered mailed rentals of DVDs.
Most major airlines have had to adopt many of the cost-saving innovations pioneered by their low-cost competitors.

pioneernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌpaɪəˈnɪər/ us

a person or organization that is the first to start work in a new area, introduce a new idea, etc.:

pioneer in/of sth She was a pioneer in the biotech industry's patent law.

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