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"pit" in American English

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pitnoun [C]

us   /pɪt/
  • pit noun [C] (HOLE)

a large hole in the ground, or a hollow in any surface: The trash had been buried in a six-foot-deep pit. a fire pit
A pit is also the area in the front of a theater where the musicians perform.
The pit of your stomach
The pit of your stomach is the center of your body, where you feel esp. fear and anxiety: I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach before the performance.
  • pit noun [C] (SEED)

a large, hard seed that grows inside some types of fruit and vegetables: a peach/plum/cherry pit
  • pit noun [C] (REPAIR AREA)

an area on the side of a track on which cars race, where the cars are given fuel or repaired during a race
  • pit noun [C] (UNDERGROUND METALS)

also pit mine a hole from which natural substances, such as rocks and minerals, are dug; mine
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"pit" in British English

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pitnoun [C]

uk   /pɪt/ us   /pɪt/
  • pit noun [C] (PLACE/AREA)

C2 a large hole in the ground, or a slightly low area in any surface: They'd dug a shallow pit and left the bodies in it. These pits in my skin are from when I had chickenpox.
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a coal mine or an area of land from which a natural substance is taken by digging: The coal-mining industry wants new pits to be opened. a gravel/chalk pit
slang a very untidy or dirty place: I'm afraid my room is a complete pit!
the pit [S]
in a theatre, the seats at the lowest level, or the orchestra pit
the pits [plural]
informal something that is of extremely low quality: The hotel we stayed in was the pits!
(in motor racing) the area next to the track where the cars are given fuel or repaired during a race

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  • pit noun [C] (SEED)

mainly US UK usually stone a large, hard seed inside some types of fruit: Peaches, plums, and olives all contain pits.

pitverb [T]

uk   /pɪt/ us   /pɪt/ -tt-
US for stone noun
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"pit" in Business English

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pitnoun [C]

uk   /pɪt/ us  
STOCK MARKET the area of a stock exchange used for trading: Many traditional pits have moved their business to electronic trading systems.
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NATURAL RESOURCES a deep area underground from which a natural resource is taken by digging: a coal/clay/gravel pit
(Definition of pit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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