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"desk" in British English

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desknoun [C]

uk   us   /desk/
  • desk noun [C] (TABLE)

A1 a ​type of ​table that you can ​work at, often one with ​drawers: an ​office/​school desk She ​sat at her desk writing ​letters. He had a ​pile of ​papers on his desk. The ​reportarrived on/​landed on/​reached my desk (= I ​received it) this ​morning.

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  • desk noun [C] (SERVICE AREA)

a ​place, often with a counter (= a ​longflatnarrowsurface)especially in a ​hotel or ​airport, where you can get ​information or ​service: a ​check-in/​information/​reception desk
  • desk noun [C] (NEWSPAPER OFFICE)

an ​office that ​deals with a ​particulartype of ​news for a ​newspaper or ​broadcastingcompany: the ​foreign/​sports desk Now let's ​hear from Sue at ​ourtravel desk.
(Definition of desk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"desk" in American English

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desknoun [C]

 us   /desk/
  • desk noun [C] (TABLE)

a ​type of ​table for ​working at, usually one with ​drawers: Tommy ​sits at the desk in ​front of me in ​English.
  • desk noun [C] (SERVICE AREA)

a ​place where you can get ​information or ​service, esp. in a ​hotel, ​airport, or ​largestore: The woman at the ​front desk was very ​helpful.
(Definition of desk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"desk" in Business English

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desknoun [C]

uk   us   /desk/
WORKPLACE a ​type of ​table that you can ​work at, often one with ​drawers: She sat at her desk writing the ​report. I'm at my desk by 8 most mornings. He had a ​pile of ​papers on his desk.arrive on/land on/reach sb's desk I ​signed the ​contract as soon as it ​reached my desk.
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TRANSPORT a ​place, often with a counter (= a ​longflatnarrow surface) especially in a ​hotel or ​airport, where you can get ​information or ​service: We ​checked into the ​hotel at the front desk. a check-in/​information/​reception desk
FINANCE the ​part of an ​organization where a particular ​type of ​business is done: a dealing/​trading desk
COMMUNICATIONS the ​department of a ​newspaper or ​broadcastingcompany which ​deals with a particular ​type of ​news: the foreign/sports/city desk
(Definition of desk from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desk”
in Korean 책상…
in Arabic مَكْتَب…
in Malaysian meja…
in French bureau…
in Russian письменный стол…
in Chinese (Traditional) 桌子, (常指帶抽屜的)書桌,辦公桌,寫字枱…
in Italian scrivania…
in Turkish masa…
in Polish biurko…
in Spanish escritorio, pupitre, mostrador…
in Vietnamese bàn viết…
in Portuguese mesa de escritório, carteira…
in Thai โต๊ะ…
in German der Schreibtisch…
in Catalan taula (de treball)…
in Japanese 机…
in Chinese (Simplified) 桌子, (常指带抽屉的)书桌,办公桌,写字台…
in Indonesian meja tulis…
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