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"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.

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  • land noun (COUNTRY)

C2 [C] literary a country: a land of ice and snow The group want to promote their ideas in schools throughout the land.

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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.

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  • 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 (CATCH)

[T] to catch a fish with a hook (= curved piece of wire) or net and remove it from the water: He landed a huge salmon.
(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   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 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   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 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)
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