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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.Television

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.Navigation and shipwrecksBays and gulfsCoasts and beaches 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.Seas and oceans

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.Pedestrian routes

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.Ways of achieving things

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.Buying and selling in general

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.Controlling and being in charge

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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