season
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Noun

season (plural seasons)

  1. Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter
    Synonyms: yeartide, yeartime
    • c. 1705, Joseph Addison, Remarks on several parts of Italy, &c. in the years 1701, 1702, 1703
      we saw, in six days' traveling, the several seasons of the year in their beauty and perfection
  2. A part of a year when something particular happens
    mating season
    the rainy season
    the football season
  3. (obsolete) That which gives relish; seasoning.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      O! she is fallen
      Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
      Hath drops too few to wash her clean again,
      And salt too little which may season give
      To her foul-tainted flesh.
    • 1605, Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth, III, 4
      You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
  4. (cricket) The period over which a series of Test matches are played.
  5. (North America, broadcasting) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
    Synonyms: series (British English)
    The third season of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.
  6. (archaic) An extended, undefined period of time.
    • 1656, John Owen, The Mortification of Sin
      So it is in a person when a breach hath been made upon his conscience, quiet, perhaps credit, by his lust, in some eruption of actual sin; — carefulness, indignation, desire, fear, revenge are all set on work about it and against it, and lust is quiet for a season, being run down before them; but when the hurry is over and the inquest is past, the thief appears again alive, and is as busy as ever at his work.
  7. (video games) The full set of downloadable content for a game, which can be purchased with a season pass.
  8. (video games) A fixed period of time in a massively multiplayer online game in which new content (themes, rules, modes, etc.) becomes available, sometimes replacing earlier content.
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  • Russian: припра́ва
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Verb

season (seasons, present participle seasoning; past and past participle seasoned)

  1. (transitive) To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure.
    to season oneself to a climate
  2. (transitive, by extension) To prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices.
    The timber needs to be seasoned.
  3. (intransitive) To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
  4. (intransitive) To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance.
    The wood has seasoned in the sun.
  5. (transitive) To mingle: to moderate, temper, or qualify by admixture.
  6. (obsolete) To copulate with; to impregnate.
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season (seasons, present participle seasoning; past and past participle seasoned)

  1. (transitive) To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
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