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Definition of fat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a white or yellow substance in the bodies of animals and humans, stored under the skin excess body fat This ham has too much fat on it. Topic CollocationsDiet and Exerciseweight put on/gain/lose weight/a few pounds watch/control/struggle with your weight be/become seriously overweight/underweight be/become clinically/morbidly obese achieve/facilitate/promote/stimulate weight loss slim down to 160 pounds combat/prevent/tackle/treat obesity develop/have/suffer from/struggle with/recover from anorexia/bulimia/an eating disorder be on/go on/follow a crash/strict diet have/suffer from a negative/distorted body image have/develop a positive/healthy/realistic body imagehealthy eating eat a balanced diet/healthily/well get/provide/receive adequate/proper nutrition contain/get/provide essential nutrients/vitamins/minerals be high/low in calories/fat/fiber/protein/vitamin D/Omega-3 fatty acids/trans-fats contain (no)/use/be full of/be free from additives/chemical preservatives/artificial sweeteners/high-fructose corn syrup avoid/cut down on/cut out alcohol/caffeine/fatty foods stop/quit smokingexercise get regular exercise do moderate/strenuous/vigorous exercise play football/hockey/tennis/soccer go jogging/running go to/visit/hit/work out at the gym strengthen/tone/train your stomach muscles contract/relax/stretch/use/work your lower-body muscles build (up)/gain muscle improve/increase your stamina/energy levels/physical fitness burn/consume/expend caloriesstaying healthy be/get/keep/stay healthy/in shape lower your cholesterol/blood pressure boost/stimulate/strengthen your immune system prevent/reduce the risk of heart disease/high blood pressure/diabetes/osteoporosis reduce/relieve/manage/combat stress enhance/promote relaxation/physical and mental well-being
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a solid or liquid substance from animals or plants, treated so that it becomes pure for use in cooking Saute the onions in bacon fat or butter.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] animal and vegetable fats, when you are thinking of them as part of what a person eats You should cut down on fats and carbohydrates. foods that are low in fat reduced-fat margarine
  4. Word Familyfat adjectivefatty adjectivefatten verbfattening adjectivefat adjectivefatty adjectivefatten verbfattening adjectiveIdioms
    chew the fat (informal)
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    to have a long friendly talk with someone about something Randall stayed chewing the fat for a while. They met up once a year to chew the fat about the old days.
    live off the fat of the land
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    to have enough money to be able to afford expensive things, food, drink, etc.
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