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"drill" in British English

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drillnoun [C]

uk   /drɪl/  us   /drɪl/
  • drill noun [C] (REGULAR ACTIVITY)

an ​activity that ​practises a ​particularskill and often ​involvesrepeating the same thing several ​times, ​especially a ​militaryexerciseintended to ​trainsoldiers: In some of these ​schools, army-style drills are used to ​instil a ​sense of ​discipline. a ​spelling/​pronunciation drill

drillverb

uk   /drɪl/  us   /drɪl/
  • drill verb (MAKE HOLE)

[I or T] to make a ​hole in something using a ​specialtool: Drill three ​holes in the ​wall for the ​screws. They are going to drill foroilnearby.
  • drill verb (PRACTISE)

[I or T] to ​practise something, ​especiallymilitaryexercises, or to make someone do this: We ​watched the ​soldiers drilling on the ​paradeground.
[T usually + adv/prep] to ​tell someone something ​repeatedly to make them ​remember it: It was drilled into us at an early ​age that we should always say "​please" and "​thank you". He drilled the ​children in what they should say.
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(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drill" in American English

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drillverb

 us   /drɪl/
  • drill verb (CUT A HOLE)

[I/T] to ​cut or ​dig a ​hole into something: [T] First, drill a ​smallhole in the ​board.
  • drill verb (REPEAT ACTIVITY)

[T] to make someone ​practice a ​skill by ​repeating the same thing several ​times: The ​teacher drills them in ​arithmetic every ​day.

drillnoun

 us   /drɪl/
  • drill noun (TOOL)

[C] a ​tool or ​machine that ​cuts or ​digs into something to make ​holes
  • drill noun (REPEATED ACTIVITY)

[C/U] practiceinvolvingrepetition of an ​activity in ​order to ​improve a ​skill, or a ​particularoccasion for such ​practice: [C] For ​homework, ​complete the drill on ​irregularverbs on ​pages 30 through 35.
(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drill" in Business English

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drillverb [I]

uk   us   /drɪl/ NATURAL RESOURCES
to make a ​deephole in the ​ground with a ​specialmachine in ​order to ​look for ​oil, ​gas, etc.: drill for sth The ​report discussed to what extent ​foreigncompanies should be ​allowed to drill for ​oil.
drilling
noun [U]
The ​bill will ​ban shoreline drilling for ​oil and ​gas under the lake beds.
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(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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