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thinadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /θɪn/ (-nn-)

thin adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT DEEP)

having a ​smalldistance from the ​top to the ​bottomside: thin ​summerclothing The ​statue is coated with a thin ​layer of ​gold.

thin adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT FAT)

having little ​extraflesh on the ​body: thin ​arms/​legs a thin ​face Models must be ​tall and thin.

thin adjective [-er/-est only] (FEW)

having only a few of something ​covering an ​area; not ​dense: His ​hair is thin on ​top. Where there is little ​rain, ​grass and ​trees get thinner.

thin adjective [-er/-est only] (FLOWING EASILY)

(of a ​liquid) ​flowingeasily: We ​begandinner with a thin but ​tastysoup.

thin adjective [-er/-est only] (WEAK)

lackingforce or ​substance; ​weak: a thin, ​metallictone I ​thought the ​plot was a ​bit thin. We ​slept poorly that ​night in the thin ​mountainair.

thinverb [I/T]

 us   /θɪn/ (-nn-)

thin verb [I/T] (BECOME FEWER)

to ​become fewer in ​number, or to make a ​group of things fewer in ​number: [I] Traffic thins out after seven o’clock. [T] An ​improvingeconomyhelped thin ​unemploymentlines.
(Definition of thin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"thin" in British English

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uk   us   /θɪn/ (thinner, thinnest)

thin adjective (NOT THICK)

A2 having a ​smalldistance between two ​oppositesides: a thin ​book thin ​blacklines a thin ​jacket (= made from thin ​material)
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thin adjective (NOT FAT)

A2 (of the ​body) with little ​flesh on the ​bones: Did you ​notice how thin her ​wrists were? Thin, ​hungrydogsroamed the ​streets.
be as thin as a rake UK (mainly US be as thin as a rail) to be very thin: He ​eats like a ​horse and ​yet he's as thin as a ​rake.
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thin adjective (TRANSPARENT)

not ​difficult to ​see through: thin ​mist/​cloud

thin adjective (FEW)

having only a ​smallnumber of ​people or a ​smallamount of something: Attendance at the ​meeting was ​rather thin.

thin adjective (FLOWING EASILY)

(of a ​liquid) ​flowingeasily: a thin ​soup

thin adjective (WEAK)

weak or of ​poorquality: a thin ​excuse a thin ​disguise a thin ​smile
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈθɪn.nəs/
the thinness of his ​hair The ​authordiscusses why ​femalebeauty has ​becomelinked to thinness.


uk   us   /θɪn/ (-nn-)

thin verb (LESS THICK)

[T] to make a ​substance less ​thick, often by ​adding a ​liquid to it: Thin the ​sauce down with a little ​stock.

thin verb (FEWER)

[I or T] (also thin out) When a ​crowd or a ​group thins (out), it ​becomes fewer in ​number, and when you thin (out) a ​group of ​plants or other things, you ​remove some to make them fewer: The ​traffic will thin out after the ​rushhour.
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(Definition of thin from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thin" in Business English

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uk   us   /θɪn/ (thinner, thinnest)
FINANCE, COMMERCE if ​trading, etc. is thin, not many ​people are ​buying or ​sellingshares, etc.: Investor ​perceptions may ​decrease the ​value of ​high-riskbonds, especially in a thin ​market. In another day of thin ​trading, the FTSE 100 ​rose 21 to 5269.5.
having only a ​smallnumber of ​people or a ​smallamount of something, especially ​money: Wages are ​lower in the ​area, and ​unionmembership is thin. Turnover was extremely thin. a thin ​budget
a thin margin/profit margin COMMERCE a ​situation in which there is only a ​small difference between the ​totalcost of making and ​selling something and the ​price it is ​sold for, or between the ​totalamount of ​money a ​company receives from ​sales and the ​totalcost of ​producing all its ​products and ​services: Cost is an ​issue in a ​business that operates on thin ​margins.
be stretched thin to not have enough ​money, ​people, ​supplies, etc. to ​operate, do a ​job, or ​provide what is needed: Without more ​money, the ​programs would be ​stretched thin. In the ​currenteconomicclimate, ​doctors and nurses are ​stretched thin and ​equipment is ​lacking in many of the clinics.
the thin end of the wedge UK something that is not very harmful in itself but that will be the ​start of a harmful ​development: The ​introduction of a ​fee for the ​service has been described as "the thin end of the wedge" by ​unionleaders.
thin on the ground UK existing only in ​smallnumbers or ​amounts: Good ​strategicleaders are very thin on the ​ground in UK ​companies.
(Definition of thin from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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