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Definition of graft noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a piece cut from a living plant and fixed in a cut made in another plant, so that it grows there; the process or result of doing this A healthy shoot should form a strong graft.
  2. 2[countable] a piece of skin, bone, etc. removed from a living body and placed in another part of the body that has been damaged; the process or result of doing this a skin graft
  3. 3[uncountable] the use of illegal or unfair methods, especially bribery, to gain advantage in business, politics, etc.; money obtained in this way He promised an end to graft and corruption in public life.
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