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"dock" in British English

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docknoun

uk   /dɒk/  us   /dɑːk/
  • dock noun (FOR SHIPS)

C1 [C] an area of water in a port that can be closed off and that is used for putting goods onto and taking them off ships or repairing ships
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docks [plural]
a group of these areas of water in a port and the buildings around them: The strike has led to the cancellation of some ferry services and left hundreds of passengers stranded at the docks.
[C] US a long structure built over water where passengers can get on or off a boat or where goods can be put on and taken off

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  • dock noun (EQUIPMENT)

dockverb

uk   /dɒk/  us   /dɑːk/
(Definition of dock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dock" in American English

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docknoun [C]

 us   /dɑk/
  • dock noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

a structure built out over water in a port along which ships can land to load and unload, or the enclosed area of water between two such structures
A dock is also a flat, raised area attached to a building and used for loading and unloading trucks.

dockverb

 us   /dɑk/
  • dock verb (ARRIVE)

[I/T] to arrive at a dock or to bring a ship into a dock: [I] The ship docked in Japan, and he took another to Korea.
  • dock verb (REMOVE)

[T] to take away a part of someone’s pay: I’ve used up my sick days, and if I take another day off they’ll dock me a day’s pay.
(Definition of dock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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docknoun

uk   us   /dɒk/
[C or U] TRANSPORT an area of water in a port where goods are put onto and taken off ships, or ships are repaired: The vessel is currently in dock in Belfast.
docks [plural]
TRANSPORT a group of these areas in a port and the buildings around them: The goods have been unloaded at the docks, but have not yet been cleared by customs.
[C] (also loading dock) TRANSPORT a space at the back of a ship or in a warehouse where goods are put in or taken out
the dock mainly UK
[S] LAW the place in a criminal law court where the accused person sits or stands during the trial: The company will find itself in the dock if it continues to ignore pollution regulations.

dockverb

uk   us   /dɒk/
[I or T] TRANSPORT if a ship docks, it arrives at a dock and if someone docks a ship, they bring it into a dock: The trawler docked in Cairns and the cod was delivered to the filleting factory.
[T] to reduce an amount of money that is given to someone: dock sb's wages/pay They have their pay docked if the work is not finished on time.dock sth off sth Some groups deduct the annual fee from the underlying fund's income while others dock it off capital.
(Definition of dock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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