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board

noun uk   /bɔːd/ us    /bɔːrd/

board noun (WOOD)

B2 [C] a thin, flat piece of cut wood or other hard material, often used for a particular purpose: Cut the vegetables on a chopping ( US cutting) board. There was a "For Sale" board outside the house. A2 [C] a flat piece of wood or other hard material with a special pattern on it, used for playing games: a chess boardA1 [C] a blackboard or whiteboard : The teacher wrote her name up on the board.A2 [C] a noticeboard : I stuck the notice (up) on the board. [C] a diving board : I dived off the top board today, Dad.the boards [plural] the wooden fence surrounding the ice surface in ice hockey old-fashioned the stage in a theatre
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board noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C usually singular, + sing/pl verb] the group of people who are responsible for controlling and organizing a company or organization: Every decision has to be approved by the board (of directors). She started in the firm after college and now she's on the board/a board member. UK The board of governors meet/meets once a month to discuss school policy.
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board noun (EXAM)

boards [plural] US informal an official examination given by some medical and business organizations in the US: This is my last chance to pass the boards.

board noun (TRANSPORT)

on board B1 on a boat, train, or aircraft: As soon as I was on board, I began to have second thoughts about leaving.

board noun (MEALS)

B2 [U] meals provided when you are staying somewhere, usually for money

board

verb uk   /bɔːd/ us    /bɔːrd/

board verb (GET ON)

B1 [I or T] to get onto or allow people to get onto a boat, train, or aircraft: At London airport she boarded a plane to Australia. Will passengers waiting to board please go to the ticket counter?
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board verb (STAY)

[I] to pay to sleep and eat meals in someone's house: During his stay in England he boarded with a family in Bath. [I] to sleep and eat at school during the school term: When you went to school were you a day student or did you board? [T] UK to arrange for a pet animal to be temporarily taken care of at a place other than its home: He boards the dog out when he goes on business trips.
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