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Meaning of “dog” in the English Dictionary

"dog" in British English

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dognoun [C]

uk   /dɒɡ/  us   /dɑːɡ/
  • dog noun [C] (ANIMAL)

A1 a ​commonanimal with four ​legs, ​especiallykept by ​people as a ​pet or to ​hunt or ​guard things: my ​pet dog wild dogs dog ​food We could ​hear dogs ​barking in the ​distance.

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  • dog noun [C] (PERSON)

slang a man who is ​unpleasant or not to be ​trusted: He ​tried to ​steal my ​money, the dirty dog. offensive a woman who is not ​attractive

dogverb [T]

uk   /dɒɡ/  us   /dɑːɡ/ (-gg-)
(Definition of dog from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dog" in American English

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dognoun [C]

 us   /dɔɡ/
  • dog noun [C] (ANIMAL)

an ​animal with four ​legs, ​commonlykept as a ​pet, and sometimes used to ​guard things
  • dog noun [C] (PERSON)

slang a ​person of a ​statedtype: You ​won $1000? You lucky dog!

dogverb [T]

 us   /dɔɡ/ (-gg-)
  • dog verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to ​follow someone ​closely and ​continually: The ​scandalseemslikely to dog him for ​months to come.
(Definition of dog from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dog" in Business English

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dognoun [C]

uk   us   /dɒɡ/
informal an ​investment, ​company, or ​product that will probably ​fail
MARKETING a ​product that has a ​smallshare of a ​market that has a ​lowrate of ​growth
dog eat dog informal a ​situation in which ​competitors are ​willing to ​harm each other in ​order to be ​successful: It is dog eat dog on Las Vegas's world-famous Strip as huge ​casino complexes ​compete for ​attention. The fast-growing telecom ​industry was a dog-eat-dog ​world where ​firms were either looking to ​expand or ripe for ​takeover.
eat your own dog food informal if a ​company eats its own dog ​food, it uses the ​products that it makes in its own ​businessactivities, rather than using ​products made by other ​companies: The ​company, which makes ​high-techequipment, could not have ​grown as fast as it has without eating ​lots of its own dog ​food.
go to the dogs informal (also US go to hell in a handbasket/handcart) to get into a very ​badsituation: The ​economy seems to be going to the dogs. Signs of a ​globalrecession inevitably conjure up thoughts of the last ​time we went to hell in a handbasket: the Great Depression of the 1930s.
that dog won't hunt US informal used to say that a ​plan will ​fail
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(Definition of dog from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dog”
in Korean 개…
in Arabic كَلْب…
in Malaysian anjing…
in French chien…
in Russian собака…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, (尤指當作寵物或用來打獵、看護東西的)狗,犬…
in Italian cane…
in Turkish köpek…
in Polish pies…
in Spanish perro…
in Vietnamese con chó…
in Portuguese cachorro…
in Thai สุนัข…
in German der Hund…
in Catalan gos…
in Japanese イヌ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, (尤指当作宠物或用来打猎、看护东西的)狗,犬…
in Indonesian anjing…
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