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land

noun uk   /lænd/ us  

land noun (DRY SURFACE)

B2 [U] the surface of the Earth that is not covered by water: It is cheaper to drill for oil on land than at sea. The treaty has led to a dramatic reduction in the number of land-based missiles in Europe. The military commanders won't deploy their land forces until they're satisfied that the air attacks have done their job.The Earth and outer space - general words B1 [U] an area of ground, especially when used for a particular purpose such as farming or building: This sort of land is no good for growing potatoes. I always prosecute people who trespass on my land. We want to buy a plot of land to build a house.The Earth and outer space - general words the land farms, farming, and the countryside: Most of the families lived off the land (= grew their own food, etc.). My parents worked (on) the land.Farming - general wordsThe countryside

land noun (COUNTRY)

C2 [C] literary a country: a land of ice and snow The group want to promote their ideas in schools throughout the land. Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names

land

verb uk   /lænd/ us  

land verb (ARRIVE)

B1 [I or T] to (cause to) arrive on the ground or other surface after moving down through the air: We should land in Madrid at 7am. You can land a plane on water in an emergency. The bird landed on my finger.figurative The report first landed on my desk this morning.Arriving, entering and invadingTransferring and transporting objectsTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air B1 [I] to arrive in a boat: We landed at Port Said in the early evening.Ports and docksArriving, entering and invading

land verb (UNLOAD)

[T] to take goods or people off a ship or aircraft: The general's plan involved landing troops behind enemy lines.EmptyingArriving and departing by boat or shipTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air

land verb (CATCH)

[T] to catch a fish with a hook (= curved piece of wire) or net and remove it from the water: He landed a huge salmon.FishingCommercial fishing

land verb (ACHIEVE)

C2 [T] to get or achieve something good, especially in a way that seems easy or unexpected: He's just landed a senior editorial job.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
(Definition of land from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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