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Meaning of “comb” in the English Dictionary

"comb" in British English

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combnoun [C]

uk   /kəʊm/  us   /koʊm/
  • comb noun [C] (FOR HAIR)

A2 a ​flatpiece of ​plastic, ​wood, or ​metal with a ​thinrow of ​long, ​narrowparts along one ​side, used to ​tidy and ​arrangeyourhair a ​small comb-shaped ​object that women put in ​theirhair to ​holdtheirhair away from ​theirface or for ​decoration

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  • comb noun [C] (CHICKEN)

a ​soft, ​red, ​growth on a chicken's ​head
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combverb [T]

uk   /kəʊm/  us   /koʊm/
  • comb verb [T] (TIDY HAIR)

B1 to ​tidyyourhair using a comb: She combed her ​hair and put on some ​lipstick. I've been ​trying to comb out (= ​remove using a comb) the ​knots in her ​hair.

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(Definition of comb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"comb" in American English

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combnoun [C]

 us   /koʊm/
  • comb noun [C] (HAIR TOOL)

a ​strip of ​plastic, ​wood, or ​metal with a ​row of ​long, ​narrowparts along one ​side, which is used to ​arrange or ​hold the ​hair: Combs have been used from ​ancienttimes by women to ​hold and ​fixtheirhair.

combverb [T]

 us   /koʊm/
  • comb verb [T] (SEARCH)

to ​search a ​place or an ​area very ​carefully: The ​police combed the ​surroundingwoods for ​evidence.
  • comb verb [T] (USE HAIR TOOL)

to ​arrangeyourhair by ​pulling a comb through it: She combed her ​hair and put on some ​lipstick.
(Definition of comb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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