Meaning of “desk” in the English Dictionary

"desk" in British English

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desknoun [ C ]

uk /desk/ 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 report arrived on/landed on/reached my desk (= I received it) this morning.

More examples

  • Gwen sat at her desk, surrounded by books and papers.
  • I busied myself with tidying up my desk.
  • The desks in the room were arranged in rows of ten.
  • "Where's my pen? It was on my desk a minute ago." "You left it by the phone."
  • He produced a letter from his desk which he asked me to read.

(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 large store:

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 /desk/ us

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 long flat narrow surface) especially in a hotel or airport, where you can get information or service:

We checked into the hotel at the front desk.

FINANCE the part of an organization where a particular type of business is done:

COMMUNICATIONS the department of a newspaper or broadcasting company 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)