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weed

noun uk   /wiːd/ us  

weed noun (PLANT)

C2 [C] any wild plant that grows in an unwanted place, especially in a garden or field where it prevents the cultivated plants from growing freely [U] slang →  cannabis [U] UK old-fashioned informal →  tobacco

weed noun (PERSON)

[C] UK informal disapproving someone who is thin and physically weak or who is weak in character: He looks like a real weed in those shorts.

weed

verb [I or T] uk   /wiːd/ us  
to remove wild plants from a place where they are not wanted: I've been weeding (the vegetable garden).
weeding
noun [U] uk   /ˈwiː.dɪŋ/ us  
There's plenty of weeding to do now that the growing season's started.
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “weed”
in Korean 잡초…
in Arabic نَبات ضارّ…
in French mauvaise herbe…
in Turkish yabanî ot, zararlı ot, ayrık otu…
in Italian erbaccia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 植物, 雜草, 野草…
in Russian сорняк…
in Polish chwast…
in Spanish mala hierba…
in Portuguese erva daninha…
in German das Unkraut…
in Catalan mala herba…
in Japanese 雑草…
in Chinese (Simplified) 植物, 杂草, 野草…
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