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Definition of master verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    master

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they master
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstər//
     
    he / she / it masters
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstərz//
     
    past simple mastered
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstərd//
     
    past participle mastered
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstərd//
     
    -ing form mastering
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːstərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæstərɪŋ//
     
    Language skills
     
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    learn/understand
  1. 1master something to learn or understand something completely to master new skills/techniques French was a language he had never mastered. See related entries: Language skills
  2. control
  3. 2master something to manage to control an emotion She struggled hard to master her temper.
  4. 3master something/somebody to gain control of an animal or a person
  5. Word Origin Old English mæg(i)ster (later reinforced by Old French maistre), from Latin magister; probably related to magis ‘more’.Extra examples He never completely mastered the art of lip-reading. Once you’ve mastered the basics, try learning more difficult chords. a technique that was surprisingly difficult to master the challenge of trying to master a new language Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can begin to experiment a little. The controls are pretty hard to master. You get great satisfaction from mastering a new skill.
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