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Definition of cold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    low temperature
  1. 1[uncountable] a lack of heat or warmth; a low temperature, especially in the atmosphere He shivered with cold. Don't stand outside in the cold. She doesn't seem to feel the cold.
  2. illness
  3. 2[countable] (the common cold) a common illness that affects the nose and/or throat, making you cough, sneeze, etc. I've got a cold. a bad/heavy/slight cold to catch a cold
  4. Idioms
    catch your death (of cold) (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    to catch a very bad cold
    come in from the cold
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    to become accepted or included in a group, etc. after a period of being outside it
    leave somebody out in the cold
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    to not include someone in a group or an activity
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cold