Meaning of “drill” in the English Dictionary

"drill" in English

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drillnoun [ C ]

uk /drɪl/ us /drɪl/


uk /drɪl/ us /drɪl/

drill verb (MAKE HOLE)

[ I or T ] to make a hole in something using a special tool:

Drill three holes in the wall for the screws.
They are going to drill for oil nearby.

drill verb (PRACTISE)

[ I or T ] to practise something, especially military exercises, or to make someone do this:

We watched the soldiers drilling on the parade ground.

[ 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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us /drɪl/

drill verb (CUT A HOLE)

[ I/T ] to cut or dig a hole into something:

[ T ] First, drill a small hole 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.


us /drɪl/

drill noun (TOOL)

[ C ] a tool or machine that cuts or digs into something to make holes


[ C/U ] practice involving repetition of an activity in order to improve a skill, or a particular occasion for such practice:

[ C ] For homework, complete the drill on irregular verbs 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 ]


to make a deep hole in the ground with a special machine in order to look for oil, gas, etc.:

drill for sth The report discussed to what extent foreign companies should be allowed to drill for oil.
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)