Definition of 'language'
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The snob uses language to look down on the rest of the world. Times, Sunday Times (2016) English language tests were toughened last year for newly arriving nurses. Times, Sunday Times (2017)We think umpires should stick to sign language. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She showed no signs of inferiority and used body language to confirm agreement. The Sun (2017)Winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He quickly mastered the language and then worked for the Japanese civilian police as an interpreter. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This isn’t the usual case of IT being told off for not talking business language. Computing (2010)English is one of the business languages and business transaction processes are no different to those in the UK. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I don't think using language changes people 's behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They are able to use language and are known to be skilled mimics. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)His idiosyncratic style fathered no new language of art in this country. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Consider the particular language he chose here. Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)They are then able to sell themselves using business language. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She would ask who had thought up grammar as a means of structuring language. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Learning to speak the language of that country made perfect sense. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Which language is acquired depends on the environment. The Chomsky Update - Linguistics and Politics (1990)We are well trained in language that moves people to buy and join and vote. Christianity Today (2000)Using bad or offensive language may mean you are ignored. The Sun (2014)Learning any foreign language is a formidable intellectual exercise and valuable training for any young mind. Times, Sunday Times (2013)To make people laugh in a second language requires an enormous amount of intelligence and skill. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You had rather have to master the dead language than the live tongues? The Daisy Chain (1837)The committee decided he was guilty of the lesser charge of using offensive gestures and language. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Yet the film is vague about the science and philosophy involved in teaching a chimp sign language. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Does biased language refer to individuals or to groups of people? Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)Each one is using language as a means of performing a role. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He shows a profound knowledge of the country and its language. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)The cold war had its own painfully acquired language and rhythm. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They should use the language of business to explain the pros and cons to their organisation and what it all means. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We talked in particular about language. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Does English no longer have a faculty of religious language? GOD'S SECRETARIES: The Making of the King James Bible (2003)But it definitely would be an interesting challenge to make an international English language project. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'language'
British English: language /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/ NOUN
A language is a system of sounds and written symbols used by the people of a particular country, area, or tribe to communicate with each other.
...a foreign language.
- American English: language
- Arabic: لُغَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: língua
- Chinese: 语言
- Croatian: jezik
- Czech: jazyk řeč
- Danish: sprog
- Dutch: taal
- European Spanish: idioma
- Finnish: kieli puhuttu
- French: langue langage
- German: Sprache
- Greek: γλώσσα ομιλία
- Italian: linguaggio
- Japanese: 言葉
- Korean: 언어
- Norwegian: språk
- Polish: język mowa
- European Portuguese: língua
- Romanian: limbă
- Russian: язык система звуков и букв
- Spanish: lenguaje
- Swedish: språk
- Thai: ภาษา
- Turkish: dil lisan
- Ukrainian: мова
- Vietnamese: ngôn ngữ
Definition of language from the Collins English Dictionary
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