art

I UK [ɑː(r)t] / US [ɑrt] noun
Word forms "art":
singular art plural arts
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1)
a) [uncountable] paintings, drawings, and sculptures that are created to be beautiful or to express ideas

Do you like modern art?

the art of ancient Mexico

b) something that people feel has value because it is beautiful or expresses ideas

Are these films art or entertainment?

2)
a) [uncountable] the activity of painting, drawing, or creating sculptures

She devotes her spare time to her art.

b) painting, drawing, and sculpture as subjects you study

He studied Art and Design at university.

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3) arts
[plural] subjects of study that are not scientific, such as history, literature, and languages

the Faculty of Arts

an arts graduate/degree/subject

the decorative/graphic arts

4) the arts
[plural] activities such as art, music, film, theatre, and dance, considered together
5) [countable, usually singular] an activity that needs special skills or knowledge

Bringing out the best in your students is an art.

art of doing something:

I have now mastered the art of letter-writing.

an art to doing something:

There's an art to parking this truck.

have/get something down to a fine art:

Fred's got car-buying down to a fine art.


II UK [ɑː(r)t] / US [ɑrt] verb

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