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Meaning of “clock” in the English Dictionary

"clock" in British English

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clocknoun

uk   /klɒk/  us   /klɑːk/
  • clock noun (TIME)

A1 [C] a ​device for ​measuring and ​showingtime, usually ​found in or on a ​building and not ​worn by a ​person: We have an ​antique clock on ​ourmantelpiece. The town-hall clock says (= ​shows that the ​time is) nine o'clock. I ​think the ​kitchen clock is fast/​slow (= is ​showing a ​later/​earliertime than it should). The clock ​began to strike twelve. She set her clock (= put it to the ​righttime) by the ​timesignal on the ​radio.turn the clocks back (UK also put the clocks back, US also set the clocks back) to ​change the ​time on ​your clocks to an ​hourearlier, at an ​officiallychosentime of ​year: Don't ​forget to ​turn the clocks back ​tonight.turn the clocks forward (UK also put the clocks forward, US also set the clocks ahead) to ​change the ​time on ​your clocks to an ​hourlater, at an ​officiallychosentime of ​year

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clockverb [T]

uk   /klɒk/  us   /klɑːk/
  • clock verb [T] (TIME)

to take a ​particulartimeexactly to do or ​complete something: He clocked ten ​seconds in the 100 ​metres (= he ​ran it in ten ​seconds).
  • clock verb [T] (SPEED)

to show or ​reach a ​particularspeed or ​distance on a ​measuringdevice: [+ -ing verb] The ​police clocked him doing 80 ​mph in a 50 ​mpharea. Jim's ​car has clocked (up) (= ​travelled) 40,000 ​miles in less than two ​years.
(Definition of clock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clock" in American English

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clocknoun [C]

 us   /klɑk/
a ​device for ​measuring and ​showingtime, often ​placed on a ​surface or ​attached to a ​wall: an ​alarm clock The clock is about ten ​minutesfast/​slow (= it ​shows a ​later/​earliertime than it should). Cleveland ​tied the ​game with five ​seconds on the clock (= still ​available).

clockverb [T]

 us   /klɑk/
to use an ​amount of ​time, esp. as ​measured by a clock: She clocked the ​fastesttime in ​practiceruns for the women’s ​downhillskiingevent.
(Definition of clock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clock" in Business English

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clocknoun

uk   us   /klɒk/
on the clock informal WORKPLACE at ​work: They are ​covered by the same ​medical and ​liabilityinsurance that ​covers them when they're on the clock.
(Definition of clock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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