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"channel" in British English

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channelnoun [C]

uk   /ˈtʃæn.əl/  us   /ˈtʃæn.əl/
  • channel noun [C] (TELEVISION)

A2 a television station: a cable/terrestrial/satellite channel a music/movie/news/shopping/sports channel the news on Channel 4 She switched/turned to another channel to watch football.

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  • channel noun [C] (PASSAGE)

a passage for water or other liquids to flow along, or a part of a river or other area of water that is deep and wide enough to provide a route for ships to travel along: There are drainage/irrigation channels all over this flat agricultural land. The boats all have to pass through this narrow channel.
the (English) Channel
the area of sea that separates England from France: We're going to have a day-trip across the Channel. We took the car to France overnight on a (cross-)channel ferry.

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  • channel noun [C] (MAKING AVAILABLE)

a way of making a product, information, etc. available: The insurer sells its products through a variety of distribution channels, including banks.

channelverb [T]

uk   /ˈtʃæn.əl/  us   /ˈtʃæn.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
(Definition of channel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"channel" in American English

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channelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtʃæn·əl/
  • channel noun [C] (PASSAGE)

a passage for water or other liquids to flow along, or a part of a river or other area of water that is deep and wide enough to provide a route for ships to travel along
A channel is also a narrow part of the sea between a continent and an island: the English Channel
  • channel noun [C] (TELEVISION STATION)

a television station: She switched to another channel to watch the news.
  • channel noun [C] (DIRECT)

a way of giving, directing, or communicating something: We’ve established a regular distribution channel for these products.

channelverb [T]

 us   /ˈtʃæn·əl/
  • channel verb [T] (DIRECT)

to direct something into a particular place or situation: A lot of money has been channeled into cancer research.
(Definition of channel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"channel" in Business English

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channelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈtʃænəl/
COMMERCE, MARKETING a way in which products or services are made available to customers: The insurer sells its products through a variety of channels, including banks, wholesalers, and its own sales force. multi-channel retailing
COMMUNICATIONS a television station: TV/cable channel Watch your favorite TV channels online for free!
COMMUNICATIONS, IT a system used for passing information or electronic signals, or a way of communicating with people: media channels such as newspapers, digital television, and the internet

channelverb [T + adverb or preposition]

uk   us   /ˈtʃænəl/ ( UK -ll-, US usually -l-)
to use money, effort, etc. in a particular way: channel sth (back) into sth 10% of the company's profits will be channeled back into advertising.channel sth away from/towards sth HR has channeled all its efforts towards recruiting new personnel.
to send money, etc. using a particular route: channel sth through sth The funds will be channelled through the UN and the World Bank.
(Definition of channel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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