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  • 1 Language — language …

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  • 2 language — lan‧guage [ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] a system of speaking and writing used by people in one country or area: • the French language • Do you speak any foreign languages? • Trading in Europe means communicating in more than one… …

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  • 3 Language — Lan guage, n. [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See {Tongue}, cf. {Lingual}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 language — 1 Language, dialect, tongue, speech, idiom are comparable when they denote a body or system of words and phrases used by a large community (as of a region) or by a people, a nation, or a group of nations. Language may be used as a general term… …

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  • 5 language — [laŋ′gwij] n. [ME < OFr langage < langue, tongue < L lingua, tongue, language, altered (by assoc. with lingere, to lick) < OL dingua < IE * dṇg̑hwa > OE tunge, TONGUE] 1. a) human speech b) Archaic the ability to communicate by… …

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  • 6 language — I noun communication, composition, dialect, expression, faculty of speech, folk speech, form of expression, formulation, idiom, jargon, lingua, linguistics, means of communication, oral, oratio, parlance, phrasing, phraseology, rhetoric, sermo,… …

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  • 7 language — late 13c., langage words, what is said, conversation, talk, from O.Fr. langage (12c.), from V.L. *linguaticum, from L. lingua tongue, also speech, language (see LINGUAL (Cf. lingual)). The form with u developed in Anglo French. Meaning a language …

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  • 8 language — ► NOUN 1) the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way. 2) the system of communication used by a particular community or country. 3) the phraseology and… …

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  • 9 Language — Lan guage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Languaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Languaging}.] To communicate by language; to express in language. [1913 Webster] Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 language — language, philosophy of …

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  • 11 language — [n] system of words for communication accent, argot, articulation, brogue, cant, communication, conversation, dialect, diction, dictionary, discourse, doublespeak*, expression, gibberish, idiom, interchange, jargon, lexicon, lingua franca,… …

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  • 12 language — /lang gwij/, n. 1. a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the French… …

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  • 13 Language — This article is about the properties of language in general. For other uses, see Language (disambiguation). Cuneiform is one of the first known forms of written language, but spoken language is believed to predate writing by tens of thousands of… …

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  • 14 language — lan|guage W1S2 [ˈlæŋgwıdʒ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(English/French/Arabic etc)¦ 2¦(communication)¦ 3¦(style/type of words)¦ 4¦(computers)¦ 5¦(swearing)¦ 6 strong language 7¦(sounds/signs/actions)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: langue …

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  • 15 language — n. linguistic system of communication 1) to use a language 2) to plan; standardize a language 3) to learn, master a language 4) to speak (in) a language 5) to butcher, murder; enrich; purify a language 6) (the) spoken; written language 7) one s… …

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  • 16 language — noun 1 system of communication ADJECTIVE ▪ first, native ▪ She grew up in Mexico, so her first language is Spanish. ▪ foreign, second ▪ How many foreign languages does she speak? …

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  • 17 language — lan|guage [ læŋgwıdʒ ] noun *** 1. ) uncount the method of human communication using spoken or written words: Linguistics is the study of language and how people use it. language skills (=the ability to use a language, especially a foreign… …

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  • 18 language */*/*/ — UK [ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ] / US noun Word forms language : singular language plural languages Metaphor: Language and words are like food, and the emotions that words express are like flavours. It took me a long time to digest the news. ♦ The technical name… …

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  • 19 language — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) System of communication Nouns 1. language, tongue, lingo, vernacular, mother tongue, protolanguage; living or dead language; idiom, parlance, phraseology; wording; dialect, patois, cant, jargon, lingo,… …

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  • 20 language — Any verbal or non verbal communication engaged in by humans, animals, or even machines. The general field of study which deals with the socio cultural functions and construction of language is known as sociolinguistics. Sociologists,… …

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