Meaning of “channel” in the English Dictionary

"channel" in British English

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channelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃæn.əl/ us /ˈtʃæn.əl/

channel noun [ C ] (TELEVISION)

A2 a television station:

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:

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 /ˈtʃænəl/ us

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 /ˈtʃænəl/ us 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)