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Definition of spate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

spate

 noun
noun
NAmE//speɪt//
 
[usually singular] spate of something
 
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a large number of things, which are usually unpleasant, that happen suddenly within a short period of time The bombing was the latest in a spate of terrorist attacks. a recent spate of killings/thefts
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