water noun, verb Meaning in Cambridge English Dictionary
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waternoun

uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/
A1 [U] a clear liquid, without colour or taste, that falls from the sky as rain and is necessary for animal and plant life: a bottle/drink/glass of water bottled/mineral/tap water hot/cold water Can I have a drop of water in my whisky, please? Is the water hot enough for a bath? The human body is about 50 percent water.A2 [U] an area of water, such as the sea, a lake, or a swimming pool: The water's warm - are you coming for a swim? I don't like getting my head under (= in) water. Dad, I swam a whole length of the pool under water (= with the whole head and body below the surface of the water)! [U] the level of an area of water: High water this morning at Portsmouth is at 11.17.waters [plural] the area of sea near to and belonging to a particular country: St Lucia depends on its clean coastal waters for its income. the water contained in a particular lake, river, or part of the sea: In the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs attract fish. UK (US water) the liquid that surrounds a baby inside a pregnant woman's womb: At 3 a.m. her waters broke, and the baby was born soon after.the waters [plural] water from a spring, especially when used in the past for drinking or swimming in, in order to improve the health: People used to come to this city to take (= drink or swim in) the waters.
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waterverb

uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/

water verb (GIVE WATER)

B2 [T] to pour water on to plants or the soil that they are growing in: I've asked my neighbour to water the plants while I'm away. [T] to give an animal water to drink: The horses had been fed and watered.
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water verb (PRODUCE LIQUID)

C2 [I] If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell some food that you would like to eat: The smell of that bread is making my mouth water! [I] When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy: How do you stop your eyes from watering when you're cutting up onions?
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Translations of “water”
in Arabic ماء…
in Korean 물…
in Malaysian terliur, kecur, berair…
in French saliver, pleurer…
in Turkish su, deniz, nehir…
in Italian acqua…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水, 水域, 大片的水…
in Russian вода…
in Polish woda…
in Vietnamese chảy nước bọt, làm chảy nước mắt…
in Spanish hacerse la boca agua, llorar…
in Portuguese água…
in Thai น้ำลายไหล, น้ำตาไหล…
in German wässern, tränen…
in Catalan aigua…
in Japanese 水…
in Indonesian mengeluarkan liur, mengeluarkan air mata…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水, 水域, 大片的水…
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