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Meaning of “land” in the English Dictionary

"land" in British English

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landnoun

uk   us   /lænd/
  • land noun (DRY SURFACE)

B2 [U] the ​surface of the ​earth that is not ​covered by ​water: It is ​cheaper to ​drill for ​oil on land than at ​sea. The ​treaty has ​led to a ​dramaticreduction in the ​number of land-​basedmissiles in ​Europe. The ​militarycommanders won't ​deploytheir land forces until they're ​satisfied that the ​airattacks have done ​theirjob.B1 [U] an ​area of ​ground, ​especially when used for a ​particularpurpose such as ​farming or ​building: This ​sort of land is no good for ​growingpotatoes. I always ​prosecutepeople who ​trespass on my land. We ​want to ​buy a ​plot of land to ​build a ​house.the land farms, ​farming, and the ​countryside: Most of the ​families lived off the land (= ​grewtheir own ​food, etc.). My ​parents worked (on) the land.

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  • land noun (COUNTRY)

C2 [C] literary a ​country: a land of ​ice and ​snow The ​groupwant to ​promotetheirideas in ​schools throughout the land.

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landverb

uk   us   /lænd/
  • land verb (ARRIVE)

B1 [I or T] to (​cause to) ​arrive on the ​ground or other ​surface after ​moving down through the ​air: We should land in Madrid at 7 a.m. You can land a ​plane on ​water in an ​emergency. The ​bird landed on my ​finger.figurative The ​report first landed on my ​desk this ​morning.B1 [I] to ​arrive on land from the ​sea: We landed at Port Said in the early ​evening. [I] to ​arrive at or ​appear on a ​particularwebsite: If you ​click on the ​link you land on his ​blog. The ​allegationsattracted a lot of ​attention when they landed on the Drudge Report ​site in the ​morning.

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  • land verb (UNLOAD)

[T] to take ​goods or ​people off a ​ship or ​aircraft: The general's ​planinvolved landing ​troops behind ​enemylines.
  • land verb (CATCH)

[T] to ​catch a ​fish with a hook (= ​curvedpiece of ​wire) or ​net and ​remove it from the ​water: He landed a ​hugesalmon.
(Definition of land from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"land" in American English

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landnoun

 us   /lænd/
  • land noun (DRY SURFACE)

[U] the ​surface of the ​earth that is not ​covered by ​water: It is ​cheaper to ​drill for ​oil on land than at ​sea. [U] Land is also a ​particulararea of the earth’s ​surface: They just ​bought 150 ​acres of land in Idaho. [U] The land refers to ​farms, ​farming, and the ​countryside: My ​parentsworked (on) the land all ​theirlives.
  • land noun (NATION)

[C] a ​country: Ireland was my mother’s ​native land.

landverb

 us   /lænd/
  • land verb (ARRIVE)

[I/T] to ​arrive or ​cause something to ​arrive at a ​place in an ​aircraft: [I] The ​pilot said we would land in about 20 ​minutes. [I/T] To land is also to ​arrive in a ​boat: [I] We’d been ​sailing for three ​weeks by the ​time we landed at Miami.
  • land verb (UNLOAD)

[T] to ​unloadpeople or things from a ​ship or ​aircraft onto the ​ground: The general’s ​planinvolved landing ​troops behind ​enemylines.
  • land verb (ACHIEVE)

[T] infml to get or ​achieve something ​desirable: to land a ​job
(Definition of land from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"land" in Business English

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landnoun [U]

uk   us   /lænd/
the surface of the Earth that is not ​covered by water: on land It is ​cheaper to ​drill for ​oil on land than at sea.by land The ​code gives the ​minimumstandards of ​welfarerequired for the ​transport of animals by land.
PROPERTY an ​area of ​ground, especially when used for a particular ​purpose such as ​farming or ​building: The ​agentcontrols land with the ​potential for 22,850 new homes, 5,650 of which already have ​planningpermission.
(also lands [plural]) PROPERTY the land ​owned by a ​person or ​organization: It was understood that ​federal lands would be given to the ​oil and ​gasindustry.
the land a way of referring to ​farms, ​farming, and the countryside: Many of these ​migrants have been ​forced to ​leave the land and ​findwork in the cities. Some ​people in the ​statemanage to live off the land.

landverb

uk   us   /lænd/
[I or T] TRANSPORT when a ​plane lands or someone lands it, it comes down from the sky to the ​ground: We shall be landing at Paris, Charles de Gaulle, in ​approximately ten ​minutes.
[I] TRANSPORT when a boat lands, it arrives at a ​port, etc. next to the land: The ​ferry will land at the International Ferry Terminal.
[T] TRANSPORT to take ​goods or ​people off a ​ship or ​aircraft: After some delay the ​customsofficerfinally gave them ​permission to land the ​goods.
[I] to arrive somewhere: The ​report landed on my ​desk yesterday morning.
[T] informal to get or ​achieve something good, for ​example a ​job: In the past six months they have and landed some ​high-profilecontracts.
(Definition of land from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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