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Definition of clause noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(grammar) a group of words that includes a subject and a verb, and forms a sentence or part of a sentence In the sentence “They often go to Italy because they love the food,” “They often go to Italy” is the main clause and “because they love the food” is a subordinate clause.
  2. 2an item in a legal document that says that a particular thing must or must not be done There is a clause in the contract forbidding tenants to sublet. see also grandfather clause
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clause