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art 1 (ärt)
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n.
1.
a. The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.
b. Such activity in the visual or plastic arts: takes classes in art at the college.
c. Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group: art on display in the lobby.
2. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
3. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
4. A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of negotiation. See Synonyms at skill.
5.
a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
b. Artful contrivance; cunning.
6. Printing Illustrative material, especially in contrast to text.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars, art-; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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art 2 (ərt; ärt when stressed)
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Archaic
A second person singular present indicative of be.

[Middle English, from Old English eart; see er-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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-art
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suff.
Variant of -ard.

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art.
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abbr.
article

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ART
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abbr.
antiretroviral therapy

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