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1. A room or suite of rooms designed as a residence and generally located in a building occupied by more than one household.
2. An apartment building: a row of high-rise apartments.
3. A room.
4. apartments Chiefly British A suite of rooms within a larger building set aside for a particular purpose or person.

[French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare, to separate, from a parte, apart : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + parte, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]
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1. (often plural) any room in a building, usually one of several forming a suite, esp one that is spacious and well furnished and used as living accommodation, offices, etc
a. another name (esp US and Canadian) for flat21
b. (as modifier): apartment building; apartment house.
[C17: from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare to set on one side, separate]
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(əˈpɑrt mənt)

1. a room or a group of related rooms, usu. among similar sets in one building, having housekeeping facilities and used as a dwelling.
2. a building made up of such rooms; apartment house.
[1635–45; < French appartement < Italian appartamento]
a•part•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) adj.
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1. 'flat'

In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building.

She lived in a tiny furnished flat near Sloane Square.
2. 'apartment'

In American English, a set of rooms like this is usually called an apartment.

It is a six-story building with 20 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments.
3. 'block of flats'

In British English, a large building containing flats is usually called a block of flats.

The building was pulled down to make way for a block of flats.
4. 'apartment block' and 'apartment building'

In American English, and sometimes in British English, it is called an apartment building or an apartment block.

He lives on the ninth story of an apartment block on Charlesgate East.
Several apartment buildings were destroyed in the fire.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apartment - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment houseapartment - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
apartment building, apartment house - a building that is divided into apartments
bedsit, bedsitter, bedsitting room - a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
cold-water flat - an apartment without modern conveniences
duplex apartment, duplex - an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase
efficiency apartment - a furnished apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom
flatlet - a tiny flat
housing, living accommodations, lodging - structures collectively in which people are housed
kitchenette - small kitchen
maisonette, maisonnette - a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside
penthouse - an apartment located on the top floors of a building
railroad flat - an apartment whose rooms are all in a line with doors between them
studio apartment, studio - an apartment with a living space and a bathroom and a small kitchen
rooms, suite - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)
walk-up, walk-up apartment - an apartment in a building without an elevator
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1. (U.S.) flat, room, suite, compartment, penthouse, crib She has her own apartment and her own car.
2. rooms, quarters, chambers, accommodation, living quarters the private apartments of the Prince of Wales at St James's Palace
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شقةشَقَّةشَقَّة سَكَنِيَّهغُرْفَة في شَقَّة سَكَنِيَّهغُرْفَة مُسْتَأجَرَه
아파트아파트식 주거지
căn hộ


A. N
1. (US) (= flat) → piso m, departamento m (LAm)
2. (Brit) (= room) → cuarto m, aposento m (liter)
see also state
B. CPD apartment hotel N (US) → aparthotel m
apartment house N (US) → casa f de apartamentos
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[əˈpɑːrtmənt] n (US)appartement m, logement mapartment building apartment block, apartment house (US) nimmeuble m, maison f divisée en appartementsapartment complex ncomplexe m immobilier
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(Brit: = room) → Raum m
apartments pl (Brit: = suite of rooms) → Appartement nt
(esp US: = flat) → Wohnung f; apartment house or block or buildingWohnblock m
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[əˈpɑːtmənt] n (esp Am) (flat) → appartamento (Brit) (room in palace) → sala
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(əˈpaːtmənt) noun
1. a room, usually rented, in a private house.
2. a flat.
3. a single room in a house. a five-apartment house.
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شَقَّة byt lejlighed Wohnung διαμέρισμα apartamento, departamento, piso asunto appartement stan appartamento アパート, フラット 아파트, 아파트식 주거지 appartement, flat leilighet mieszkanie apartamento квартира lägenhet แฟลต, อพาร์ตเมนต์ apartman dairesi, daire căn hộ 公寓, 公寓住宅
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The Encore project will offer a mix of dwellings ranging from three-bedroom apartments to the first "luxury-style" efficiency units in Forest Lake, according to information submitted by Norhart to the city.
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With regard to the proposed framework of the 2018-2020 national plan for energy efficiency, the plan will include the completion of the establishment of energy efficiency units in different areas to complete the institutional structure of the energy efficiency system.
The 304 unit property, presenting with a favorable mix of 152 one bedroom/one bath, 76 two bedroom/one bath, and 76 efficiency units is stabilised with current vacancy rate at 84%, as several units have already begun interior rehab.
It had initiated sustainable energy pilot projects and installed energy efficiency units through newly launched alternative energy programmes, with the possibility of expansion to the refinery and Bapco Township in Awali, as well as the University of Bahrain.
The new engine embraces the industry trend towards smaller capacity, higher efficiency units which consume less fuel and emit fewer emissions while still delivering responsive performance.
The accepted finding is that in an economy driven by inputs of labor and capital, and subject to constant returns to scale in the aggregate, but diminishing returns to proportion, an amount of net investment is required such that the marginal product of capital just matches the growth rate of the work force, as measured in efficiency units. This in turn requires that an amount of investment matching the share of capital in the social product be invested continuously over time.

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