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“ritual” in English

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ritualnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈrɪtʃ.u.əl/ us /ˈrɪtʃ.u.əl/
adjective uk /ˌrɪtʃ.u.əlˈɪs.tɪk/ us /ˌrɪtʃ.u.əlˈɪs.tɪk/

the ritualistic sacrifice of animals
Her daily exercise routine is regular, almost ritualistic.
adverb uk /ˌrɪtʃ.u.əlˈɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌrɪtʃ.u.əlˈɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/

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

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ritualnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈrɪtʃ·u·əl/

a set of actions or words performed in a regular way, often as part of a religious ceremony

A ritual is also any act done regularly, usually without thinking about it:

[ C ] My morning ritual includes reading the newspaper while I drink my coffee.

(Definition of “ritual” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)