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"rhyme" in American English

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rhymeverb [I/T]

us   /rɑɪm/
literature (of words) to have the same final sound, or to use words that have the same final sound: [I] "Love" and "above" rhyme.

rhymenoun [C/U]

us   /rɑɪm/
literature two or more words with the same final sound, or the use of such words, esp. at the ends of lines in a poem or song: [C] Can you think of a rhyme for "orange"? [U] She does not use rhyme in her poems.
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"rhyme" in British English

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rhymeverb [I or T]

uk   /raɪm/ us   /raɪm/
C2 Words that rhyme have the same last sound: "Blue" and "flew" rhyme. Can you think of a word that rhymes with "orange"?

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  • 'Bat and 'cat' rhyme.
  • 'Side' and 'hide' rhyme.
  • 'Hit' and 'sit' rhyme.

rhymenoun

uk   /raɪm/ us   /raɪm/
[C] a word that has the same last sound as another word: Can you think of a rhyme for "orange"?
C2 [C] a short poem, especially for young children: a book of rhymes and songs
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C2 [U] the use of rhymes in poetry: This poem is her first attempt at rhyme.
in rhyme
C2 written as a poem so that the word at the end of a line has the same last sound as a word at the end of another line: A lot of modern poetry is not written in rhyme.
[C] specialized also rime phonetics the vowel in the middle of a syllable, and any sounds after it in the syllable
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