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noun [C] uk   /ˈdɪk.ʃən.ər.i/ us    /-er.i/
A1 a book that contains a list of words in alphabetical order and that explains their meanings, or gives a word for them in another language; a similar product for use on a computer: a French-English/English-French dictionary a bilingual/monolingual dictionary To check how a word is spelled, look it up in a dictionary. a book that gives information about a particular subject, in which the entries (= words or phrases) are given in alphabetical order: a biographical/science dictionary a dictionary of quotations
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in Korean 사전…
in Arabic قاموس, مُعْجَم…
in French dictionnaire…
in Turkish sözlük…
in Italian dizionario…
in Chinese (Traditional) 字典,詞典, 專業詞典…
in Russian словарь…
in Polish słownik…
in Spanish diccionario…
in Portuguese dicionário…
in German das Wörterbuch…
in Catalan diccionari…
in Japanese 辞書…
in Chinese (Simplified) 字典,词典, 专业词典…
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