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Definition of microscope noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an instrument used in scientific study for making very small things look larger so that you can examine them carefully a microscope slide The bacteria were then examined under a/the microscope.
  2. 2(figurative) In the play, love and marriage are put under the microscope. see also electron microscope
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