Meaning of “liquid” in the English Dictionary

"liquid" in British English

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liquidnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈlɪk.wɪd/ us /ˈlɪk.wɪd/

B1 a substance, such as water, that is not solid or a gas and that can be poured easily:

Mercury is a liquid at room temperature.

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  • How much liquid do you think this bottle contains?
  • Drain (off) any liquid that is left in the rice.
  • The liquid suddenly solidifies into a gelatinous mass.
  • Wax passes from solid to liquid when you heat it.
  • Saliva is a liquid secreted by glands in or near the mouth.

liquidadjective

uk /ˈlɪk.wɪd/ us /ˈlɪk.wɪd/

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

"liquid" in American English

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liquidnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈlɪk·wɪd/

liquid noun [ C/U ] (SUBSTANCE)

chemistry, earth science a substance that flows easily and is neither a gas nor a solid

liquidadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlɪk·wəd/

liquid adjective [ not gradable ] (OF MONEY)

in the form of money, rather than investments or property, or able to be changed into money easily:

liquid assets

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

"liquid" in Business English

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liquidadjective

uk /ˈlɪkwɪd/ us

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE in the form of cash, or able to be changed into cash easily:

People should hold some cash in more liquid investments for emergencies.
In such situations, it's advisable to keep your assets liquid.
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FINANCE having cash:

The fund will typically invest in large liquid companies.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET if a market is liquid, it is easy to buy and sell in it, and a lot of buying and selling takes place:

The foreign exchange market is the largest, most liquid market in the world.

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