language

[[t]læ̱ŋgwɪʤ[/t]]
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1) N-COUNT A language is a system of communication which consists of a set of sounds and written symbols which are used by the people of a particular country or region for talking or writing.

...the English language...

Students are expected to master a second language...

Holidays are for seeing the sights, hearing the language and savouring the smells.

2) N-UNCOUNT Language is the use of a system of communication which consists of a set of sounds or written symbols.

Students examined how children acquire language...

Language is not art but both are forms of human behavior.

3) N-UNCOUNT: the N of n, supp N You can refer to the words used in connection with a particular subject as the language of that subject.

...the language of business.

4) N-UNCOUNT: adj N, poss N You can refer to someone's use of rude words or swearing as bad language when you find it offensive.

Television companies tend to censor bad language in feature films...

There's a girl gonna be in the club, so you guys watch your language.

5) N-UNCOUNT: with supp The language of a piece of writing or speech is the style in which it is written or spoken.

...a booklet summarising it in plain language...

The tone of his language was diplomatic and polite...

Mr Harris has not been afraid to use language that many in his party despise.

6) N-VAR: supp N, N of n You can use language to refer to various means of communication involving recognizable symbols, non-verbal sounds, or actions.

Some sign languages are very sophisticated means of communication.

...the digital language of computers.


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