Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “water”

water

verb [I/T]    /ˈwɔ·t̬ər, ˈwɑt̬·ər/
to provide water to a plant or animal: [T] I’ve asked my neighbor to water the plants while I’m away. When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy: [I] The icy wind made his eyes water. If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell food that you would like to eat: [I] The smell of that bread is making my mouth water.
(Definition of water verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of water

Definitions of “water” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pump iron

to lift heavy weights for exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More