Meaning of “land” in the English Dictionary

"land" in British English

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landnoun

uk /lænd/ 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 dramatic reduction in the number of land-based missiles in Europe.
The military commanders won't deploy their land forces until they're satisfied that the air attacks have done their job.

B1 [ U ] an area of ground, especially when used for a particular purpose such as farming or building:

This sort of land is no good for growing potatoes.
I always prosecute people 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 (= grew their own food, etc.).
My parents worked (on) the land.

More examples

  • The farmer grazes cattle on this land in the summer months.
  • This stretch of land was once covered with luxuriant forest, but is now bare.
  • There are several plots of land for sale.
  • The refugees were at sea for 40 days before reaching land.
  • This path marks the dividing line between my land and my neighbour's.

land noun (COUNTRY)

C2 [ C ] literary a country:

a land of ice and snow

More examples

  • He developed a malignant hatred for the land of his birth.
  • It is a barren and hostile land.
  • It is a land of antiquated social rules and suffocating traditions.
  • We've got the best brains in the land working on this problem.
  • They journeyed to foreign lands.

landverb

uk /lænd/ 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 particular website:

If you click on the link you land on his blog.
The allegations attracted a lot of attention when they landed on the Drudge Report site in the morning.

More examples

  • One of the plane's engines cut out, so they had to land with only one.
  • Air traffic control at Heathrow have given us clearance to land in 20 minutes.
  • Unlike other spacecraft, the shuttle can glide back through the atmosphere, land safely, and be reused.
  • There was a good-sized crowd at the airport waiting for the plane to land.
  • By the grace of God, the pilot managed to land the damaged plane safely.

land verb (UNLOAD)

[ T ] to take goods or people off a ship or aircraft:

The general's plan involved landing troops behind enemy lines.

land verb (SUCCEED)

[ I ] to happen or succeed as intended:

Some of his jokes didn't really land, but he was pretty funny.

(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 particular area 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 parents worked (on) the land all their lives.

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 unload people or things from a ship or aircraft onto the ground:

The general’s plan involved landing troops behind enemy lines.

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 /lænd/ us

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 minimum standards of welfare required 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 agent controls land with the potential for 22,850 new homes, 5,650 of which already have planning permission.

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 gas industry.
the land

a way of referring to farms, farming, and the countryside:

Many of these migrants have been forced to leave the land and find work in the cities.
Some people in the state manage to live off the land.

landverb

uk /lænd/ us

[ 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 customs officer finally 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-profile contracts.

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