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"board" in British English

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boardnoun

uk   /bɔːd/  us   /bɔːrd/
  • board noun (WOOD)

B2 [C] a ​thin, ​flatpiece of ​cutwood or other hard ​material, often used for a ​particularpurpose: Cut the ​vegetables on a chopping (US cutting) board. There was a "For Sale" board ​outside the ​house.
A2 [C] a ​flatpiece of ​wood or other hard ​material with a ​specialpattern on it, used for ​playinggames: a ​chess board
A1 [C] a blackboard or whiteboard : The ​teacherwrote her ​name up on the board.
A2 [C] a noticeboard : I ​stuck the ​notice (up) on the board.
[C] a diving board : I ​dived off the ​top board today, Dad.
the boards [plural]
the ​woodenfencesurrounding the ​icesurface in icehockey
old-fashioned the ​stage in a ​theatre

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  • board noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C usually singular, + sing/pl verb] the ​group of ​people who are ​responsible for ​controlling and ​organizing a ​company or ​organization: Every ​decision has to be ​approved by the board (of ​directors). She ​started in the ​firm after ​college and now she's on the board/a board member.UK The board of ​governorsmeet/​meetsonce a ​month to ​discussschoolpolicy.

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  • board noun (EXAM)

boards [plural] US informal
an ​officialexamination given by some ​medical and ​businessorganizations in the US: This is my last ​chance to ​pass the boards.

boardverb

uk   /bɔːd/  us   /bɔːrd/
  • board verb (GET ON)

B1 [I or T] to get onto or ​allowpeople to get onto a ​boat, ​train, or ​aircraft: At London ​airport she boarded a ​plane to ​Australia. Will ​passengerswaiting to board ​please go to the ​ticketcounter?

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  • board verb (STAY)

[I] to ​pay to ​sleep and ​eatmeals in someone's ​house: During his ​stay in ​England he boarded with a ​family in Bath.
[I] to ​sleep and ​eat at ​school during the ​school term: When you went to ​school were you a ​daystudent or did you board?
[T] UK to ​arrange for a ​petanimal to be ​temporarily taken ​care of at a ​place other than ​itshome: He boards the ​dog out when he goes on ​businesstrips.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of board from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"board" in American English

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boardnoun

 us   /bɔrd, boʊrd/
  • board noun (FLAT PIECE)

[C] a ​thin, ​flatpiece of hard ​material such as ​wood or ​plastic: The ​floor boards of the ​oldhousesqueaked as he ​walkedacross them.
[C] A board is also a ​flatpiece of hard ​material that is made to be used for a ​particularpurpose: an ​ironing board a ​cheese board
[C] A board can be a ​chalkboard.
[C] A board can also be a ​circuit board.
  • board noun (PEOPLE)

[C] the ​group of ​people who are ​responsible for ​controlling the ​operation of a ​public or ​privateorganization: a ​community/​school board She ​sits on the board of several ​largecompanies.
  • board noun (MEALS)

[U] mealsprovided when you are ​stayingsomewhere
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boardverb

 us   /bɔrd, boʊrd/
  • board verb (GET ON)

[I/T] to get onto or ​allowpeople to get onto an ​aircraft, ​train, or ​ship: [I] Flight 701 to Los Angeles is now boarding at ​gate 14A.
  • board verb (MEALS)

[T] to ​arrange for an ​animal to be ​temporarily taken ​care of and ​fed at a ​place other than ​itshome: [T] We board ​ourdogs at the ​kennel when we go away.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of board from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"board" in Business English

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boardnoun

uk   us   /bɔːd/
[C or S] (also board of directors) MANAGEMENT, WORKPLACE the ​group of ​people who ​shareholders choose to ​manage a ​company or ​organization: The board has decided to ​reject the ​offer. Club ​manager, Gomez, insists he has the ​fullbacking of the board.be/sit/have a seat on the board He sat on the board of the WPP Group for over ten ​years.step down/stand down/resign from the board She will ​stand down from the board at the forthcoming ​AGM. At the age of 27, she is the youngest ​member to join the board. an ​emergency board ​meeting. a non-executive board ​member
[C] MANAGEMENT a ​group of ​people who are ​responsible for making ​rules and decisions on behalf of an ​organization: A ​complaint was ​filed with the ​statemedical board. a school governing board
[C] (also circuit board) IT a ​flatobjectcovered with ​small metal ​electricalconnections that ​create one or more circuits, used in ​computers and other ​electronicequipment : a ​graphics board
[C] (also noticeboard) WORKPLACE a ​flatobject on a ​wall on which ​information can be ​fixed: There is a ​list of ​names on the board outside my ​office.
[U] (also board and lodging) a ​room and ​meals that are ​provided for someone who is ​staying away from ​home, for ​example in a ​hotel: The ​packageincludes food and board.
the boards
WORKPLACE examinations given by some ​businessorganizations in the US: The best ​strategy for passing the boards is to ​study early and often.
be above board
to be ​legal and honest: Pay-offs and all other ​financialdealings were ​ruled to have been above board.
across the board
affecting all ​areas, ​parts of an ​organization, ​people, etc. involved in a particular ​situation: The new 18% ​taxrate will ​apply across the board.
be/come/get on board
to be or ​start to be involved in an ​activity: Make sure all ​seniormanagers are on board and involved in the ​internetstrategy.
bring/get sb on board
to make someone become involved in an ​activity: A ​consultancyfirm was ​brought on board to ensure consistency and ​compatibility.
on board
TRANSPORT travelling on a ​plane, ​ship, or ​train: The ​aircraft had 92 ​passengers on board.
take sth on board
to ​accept a new ​idea, ​method of ​working, etc.: It's important that we take on board the ​environmentalconcerns of ​consumers.

boardverb [I or T]

uk   us   /bɔːd/
TRANSPORT if ​passengers board a ​plane, ​ship, or ​train, or if a ​plane, ​ship, or ​train is boarding, ​passengers get on to it before the ​start of a journey: Flight 2864 to Frankfurt is now boarding at Gate 12.
(Definition of board from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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