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boot

noun uk   /buːt/ us  

boot noun (SHOE)

A1 [C] a type of shoe that covers the whole foot and the lower part of the leg: wellington boots walking boots riding bootsShoes and shoemaking

boot noun (CAR)

B1 [C] UK (US trunk) a covered space at the back of a car, for storing things inThe exterior of vehicles

boot noun (END)

the boot [S] UK informal the situation in which your job is taken away from you, usually because you have done something wrong or badly: She got the boot for stealing money from the till. Williams has been given the boot from the team.Firing staff and being fired

boot noun (KICK)

[C] informal a kick with the foot: He gave the ball a good boot.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

boot noun (WHEEL)

[C] US (also Denver boot) a wheel clampPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingParking

boot

verb uk   /buːt/ us  

boot verb (KICK)

[T usually + adv/prep] informal to kick someone or something hard with the foot: They booted him in the head.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

boot verb (COMPUTER)

[I or T] (also boot up) When a computer boots (up), it becomes ready for use by getting the necessary information into its memory, and when you boot (up) a computer, you cause it to do this.Computer concepts
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