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original

noun [C]
 
 
/əˈrɪdʒənəl/
the first one made and not a copy: Can you let me have the original of your report? Sign the original and return it to us, keeping the copy for your records. The new version is worse in every respect - I much preferred the original.
Translations of “original”
in Korean 원본…
in Arabic أصلي…
in Portuguese original…
in Catalan original…
in Japanese (複製ではない)もとの物…
in Italian originale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 原版, 原件, 原本…
in Russian оригинал, подлинник…
in Turkish ilk, asıl, eski…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原版, 原件, 原本…
in Polish oryginał…
(Definition of original noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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