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channel

noun [C] uk   /ˈtʃæn.əl/ us  

channel noun [C] (TELEVISION)

A2 a television station: a cable/terrestrial channel a music/movie/news/shopping/sports channel the news on Channel 4 She switched/turned to another channel to watch the football.

channel noun [C] (PASSAGE)

a passage for water or other liquids to flow along, or a part of a river or other area of water that is deep and wide enough to provide a route for ships to travel along: There are drainage/irrigation channels all over this flat agricultural land. The boats all have to pass through this narrow channel. the (English) Channel the area of sea that separates England from France: We're going to have a day-trip across the Channel. We took the car to France overnight on a (cross-)channel ferry.

channel noun [C] (AIRPORT/PORT)

a route or way out of an airport or port where travellers' bags are examined: If you have nothing to declare, go through the green channel. Goods to declare - use the red channel.

channel noun [C] (COMMUNICATING)

C2 a way of communicating with people or getting something done: We must open the channels of communication between the two countries. The government pursued every diplomatic/official channel to free the hostages. Complaints should be made through the proper/usual channels.

channel noun [C] (MAKING AVAILABLE)

a way of making a product, information, etc. available: The insurer sells its products through a variety of distribution channels, including banks.

channel

verb [T] uk   /ˈtʃæn.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  

channel verb [T] (DIRECT)

C2 to direct something into a particular place or situation: Ditches were constructed to channel water away from the buildings. If she could only channel all that energy into something useful. A lot of money has been channelled into research in that particular field.

channel verb [T] (ACT LIKE)

to behave like or copy another person, so that you almost seem to be that other person: The band were dressed in 1960s outfits and seemed to be channelling the Beatles.
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