hole Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hole” in the English Dictionary

"hole" in British English

See all translations

holenoun [C]

uk   /həʊl/  us   /hoʊl/

hole noun [C] (SPACE)

B1 an ​emptyspace in an ​object, usually with an ​opening to the object's ​surface, or an ​opening that goes ​completely through an ​object: We dug a hole and ​planted the ​tree. My jumper's got a hole in it. Drill a hole through the back of the ​cupboard and ​pass the ​wires through. in golf, one of the ​smallcircularspaces in the ​ground into which the ​ball is ​hit in ​golf, one of the usually 18 ​areas of ​play: an 18-hole ​course
More examples

hole noun [C] (PLACE)

a ​place in the ​ground where a ​smallanimallives: a ​mouse/​rabbit/​fox hole informal a ​smallunpleasantplace where someone ​lives: What a hole that ​house was - I'm so ​pleased we ​moved.

hole noun [C] (FAULT)

a ​mistake or ​problem in an ​argument, ​discussion, ​plan, etc.: The new ​proposal has several holes in it.

holeverb [T]

uk   /həʊl/  us   /hoʊl/ specialized
to make a hole in something, ​especially a ​ship or ​boat: A ​torpedo holed the ​ship below the ​water and it ​quicklysank.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hole" in American English

See all translations

holenoun

 us   /hoʊl/

hole noun (SPACE)

[C] an ​emptyspace or ​opening in an ​object: We ​dug a hole to ​plant the ​tree. My ​sweater has a hole in it. [C] A hole is also something that has been ​left out or not ​explained: The new ​proposal is ​full of holes. [C] In ​golf, a hole is one of the ​smallhollowspaces in the ​ground into which the ​ball is ​hit, or one of the usually 18 ​areas of ​play: the seventh hole

hole noun (DIFFICULTY)

[C usually sing] a ​difficultsituation: Without ​theirstartingquarterback, the ​team is in a (​bit of a) hole.
(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hole" in Business English

See all translations

holenoun

uk   us   /həʊl/
[C] a ​loss or an ​amount that cannot be explained: He's a ​fundmanager who has fashioned a ​career by ​finding the holes in ​financialstatements. The ​company has revealed a £20m hole in its ​pensionfund because of ​collapsingsharemarkets.
be in a hole UK informal to be in a difficult ​situation: We've ​lost the ​order and we're in a ​bit of a hole.
in the hole US informal in ​debt: the ​account is $143 in the hole
make a hole in sth to ​reduce an ​amount of ​money by a lot: The ​price of ​travel can make a hole in ​even the ​deepestpocket.
(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hole?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“hole” in Business English

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More