- 1 the measurement in degrees of how hot or cold a thing or place is high/low temperatures a fall/drop in temperature a rise in temperature The temperature has risen (by) five degrees. Heat the oven to a temperature of 400°F (= degrees Fahrenheit ). Some places have had temperatures in the 100s (= over 100° Fahrenheit ). see also absolute temperature, room temperature
- 2 the measurement of how hot someone's body is to take someone's temperature (= measure the temperature of someone's body using a special instrument) compare fever Idioms
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NAmE//ˈtɛmprətʃər//(abbreviation temp) [countable, uncountable]
to increase/decrease the amount of excitement, emotion, etc. in a situation His angry refusal to agree raised the temperature of the meeting. The government tried to lower the political temperature by agreeing to some of the demands.
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