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"floor" in British English

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floornoun

uk   /flɔːr/  us   /flɔːr/
  • floor noun (SURFACE)

A1 [C usually singular] the ​flatsurface of a ​room on which you ​walk: The floor was ​partlycovered with a ​dirtyoldrug. The ​bathroom floor ​needscleaning. The ​childrensatplaying on the floor. There's ​barely enough floor space to ​fit a ​bed in this ​room.

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  • floor noun (LEVEL OF BUILDING)

A2 [C] a ​level of a ​building: This ​building has five floors. Take the ​elevator to the 51st floor. We ​live on the third floor. a ​ground floor ​apartment

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  • floor noun (OPEN SPACE)

B1 [C usually singular] a ​publicspace for ​activities such as ​dancing and having ​formaldiscussions: a ​dance floor The new ​proposal will be ​discussed on the floor of the senate ​tomorrow. He ​spent several ​yearsworking on the factory floor (= in the ​factory) before ​becoming a ​manager. The ​chairman said that he would now take ​questions from the floor (= from the ​audience).
have the floor
to have the ​right to ​speak: Silence, ​please, the ​primeminister has the floor.
take (to) the floor
to ​stand and ​begin to ​dance: The ​newlyweds were the first to take the floor.
take the floor
startspeaking: The Majority Leader again took the floor.

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floorverb

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

"floor" in American English

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floornoun

 us   /flɔr, floʊr/
  • floor noun (SURFACE)

[C] the ​flatsurface that you ​walk on when you are inside a ​building: a ​tile floor hardwood floors The ​childrensat on the floor.
  • floor noun (LEVEL OF BUILDING)

[C] a ​level of a ​building; a ​story : They rented ​officespace on the second floor. Note: In the US, the first floor of a building is usually at ground level.
  • floor noun (BOTTOM)

[C usually sing] the ​bottomsurface of the ​sea, a ​forest, a ​valley, etc.: Submarines were ​exploring the ​ocean floor for ​signs of the ​wreck.
  • floor noun (OPEN SPACE)

[C usually sing] a ​publicspace for having ​formaldiscussions: The ​proposition was ​discussed on the Senate floor. The ​chairman said that he would now take ​questions from the floor (= from the ​ordinarypeople at the ​meeting).

floorverb [T]

 us   /flɔr, floʊr/
  • floor verb [T] (SURPRISE)

to ​surprise or ​shock someone: She was ​completely floored when she ​heard that he was ​leaving the ​country.
  • floor verb [T] (GO FAST)

to ​drive a ​car as ​fast as it will go: His ​buddystarted the ​car and floored it.
(Definition of floor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"floor" in Business English

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floornoun

uk   us   /flɔːr/
ECONOMICS the ​lowestlevel, ​number, or ​amount something is ​allowed to ​reach: provide/keep/put a floor under sth Theoretically, ​buybacks put a floor under ​stockprices and ​raiseearningspershare.find/reach a floor Analysts believe the ​market has ​found a floor at about 2,560 ​points.raise the floor on sth Another ​rule would ​raise the floor on the ​amount of ​assets a ​company must have to ​register with the SEC. Many of these fixed-price ​contracts were ​signed when the ​price of coal was on the floor.
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FINANCE, MONEY the ​lowestrate a country's ​government will ​allow its ​currency to ​reach in relation to other ​currencies: The ​eurofinally seems to have ​hit the floor against the ​dollar.
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MEETINGS the ​place where a ​formal or ​publicmeeting is ​held, or the ​people at the ​meeting: On the floor yesterday, ​Housemembersvoted down an ​amendment to ​allowfines to be ​waived. In ​response to a ​question from the floor the ​CEOconfirmed the ​agency would be continuing its ​mentorscheme.the Senate/House/Security Council floor In his remarks on the Security Council floor today, the Commissioner called on all ​parties to ​act responsibly. floor debate/vote During floor debate, conservatives argued that the ​billviolated First ​Amendmentrights.
STOCK MARKET the ​part of a stockexchange where ​shares are ​traded: Traders erupted into boisterous cheers on the floor today as the ​marketsoared.
drop/fall/go through the floor
to ​decrease in ​price or ​value, usually in a ​shortperiod of ​time: Sales and ​profits are ​falling through the floor, with no ​prospect of a ​recovery in ​sight.
have/take the floor
MEETINGS to have the ​right to speak or to ​start to speak in a ​meeting: Excuse me, I have the floor and have the ​right to be listened to.
get in on the ground floor UK informal ( US also get in on the first floor)
to become involved from the beginning in a ​businessactivity that you ​think will be ​successful: This is our chance to get in on the first floor of an ​industry that's going to be ​big.
(Definition of floor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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