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"bed" in British English

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bednoun

uk   /bed/ us   /bed/
  • bed noun (FURNITURE)

A1 [C or U] a large, rectangular piece of furniture, often with four legs, used for sleeping on: He lived in a room with only two chairs, a bed, and a table. He likes to have breakfast in bed on a Saturday morning. She didn't get out of bed till lunchtime today. I'm exhausted - I'm going to bed (= going to get into a bed in order to sleep). I always put the children to bed (= make certain that they get into a bed and are comfortable there ready for going to sleep) at 7.30 p.m.
make the bed
B2 to make a bed neat after you have slept in it

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  • bed noun (BOTTOM)

C2 [C] the bottom of something, or something that serves as a base: Many strange plants and fish live on the sea bed. The railway was built on a bed of solid rock.
a bed of sth
a pile of one type of food on which other food is arranged as a meal: roasted vegetables on a bed of rice

bedverb [T]

uk   /bed/ us   /bed/ -dd-
  • bed verb [T] (PUT)

to put something firmly into a substance or into the ground: The posts should be firmly bedded in concrete.
  • bed verb [T] (SEX)

old-fashioned to have sex with someone
Phrasal verbs

BEdnoun [C]

uk   /biːˈed/ us   /biːˈed/
abbreviation for Bachelor of Education: a degree taken by some teachers, or a person who has this degree
(Definition of bed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bednoun [C]

us   /bed/
  • bed noun [C] (FURNITURE)

a large piece of furniture with a flat surface that a person can lie on to sleep or rest: He felt sick and decided to stay in bed that day. He sat down on the bed and took off his shoes. Some mornings it’s really hard to get out of bed. I'm really tired – I think I'll go to bed (= get into bed in order to sleep).
  • bed noun [C] (BOTTOM OF THE SEA)

earth science the bottom of a river, lake, or sea
  • bed noun [C] (AREA OF GROUND)

an area of ground used for planting flowers: a flower bed
(Definition of bed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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