Meaning of “hole” in the English Dictionary

"hole" in British English

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holenoun [ C ]

uk /həʊl/ us /hoʊl/

hole noun [ C ] (SPACE)

B1 an empty space 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 small circular spaces in the ground into which the ball is hit

in golf, one of the usually 18 areas of play:

an 18-hole course

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hole noun [ C ] (PLACE)

a place in the ground where a small animal lives:

informal a small unpleasant place where someone lives:

What a hole that house was - I'm so pleased we moved.

holeverb [ T ]

uk /həʊl/ us /hoʊl/ specialized

(Definition of “hole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hole" in American English

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holenoun

us /hoʊl/

hole noun (SPACE)

[ C ] an empty space 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 small hollow spaces 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 difficult situation:

Without their starting quarterback, the team is in a (bit of a) hole.

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(Definition of “hole” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hole" in Business English

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holenoun

uk /həʊl/ us

[ C ] a loss or an amount that cannot be explained:

He's a fund manager who has fashioned a career by finding the holes in financial statements.
The company has revealed a £20m hole in its pension fund because of collapsing share markets.
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 deepest pocket.

(Definition of “hole” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)