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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 ​repairingships
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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 ​ferryservices and ​left hundreds of ​passengersstranded at the docks. [C] US a ​longstructurebuilt 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/
  • dock verb (REMOVE)

[T] to ​removepart of something: As a ​punishment, the Army docked the ​soldiers' ​pay/​wages by 20% and took away ​theirleave. The ​lambs' ​tails are docked (= ​cutshort) for ​hygienereasons.
  • dock verb (SHIP)

[I or T] If a ​ship docks, it ​arrives at a dock and if someone docks a ​ship, they ​bring it into a dock: Hundreds of ​peopleturned up to ​see the ​ship dock at the ​pier. The Russians and Americans docked (= ​joined together in ​space) (​theirspacecraft) just after one o'clock this ​morning.
(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 ​structurebuilt out over ​water in a ​port along which ​ships can ​land to ​load and ​unload, or the ​enclosedarea of ​water between two such ​structures A dock is also a ​flat, ​raisedareaattached to a ​building and used for ​loading and ​unloadingtrucks.

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 ​sickdays, 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)

"dock" in Business English

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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 ​criminallawcourt where the accusedperson sits or ​stands during the ​trial: The ​company will ​find itself in the dock if it continues to ignore ​pollutionregulations.

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 ​groupsdeduct the ​annualfee 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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