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"lock" in British English

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locknoun

uk   /lɒk/  us   /lɑːk/
  • lock noun (FASTENER)

B1 [C] a device that prevents something such as a door from being opened and can only be opened with a key: I heard someone turn a key in the lock. safety locks Thieves got in by smashing the lock off the door.
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  • lock noun (WHEELS)

[U] UK the amount a road vehicle's front wheels can be turned from one side to the other by turning its steering wheel: You need it on full lock (= with the wheel turned as much as possible).

lockverb

uk   /lɒk/  us   /lɑːk/
  • lock verb (MAKE SAFE)

B2 [T usually + adv/prep] to put something in a safe place and fasten the lock: He locked the confidential documents in his filing cabinet. You really should lock your car (up) or it'll get stolen.
B1 [I or T] to fasten something with a key, or be fastened with a key: Don't forget to lock the door when you go out. If you shut the door it will lock automatically.

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

"lock" in American English

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locknoun [C]

 us   /lɑk/
  • lock noun [C] (DEVICE TO FASTEN)

a device that keeps something, such as a door or drawer, fastened, usually needing a key to open it
  • lock noun [C] (WATER)

a length of water with gates at either end where the level of water can be changed to allow boats to move between parts of a canal or river that are at different heights
  • lock noun [C] (HAIR)

a curl of hair, or a group of hairs

lockverb [I/T]

 us   /lɑk/
  • lock verb [I/T] (NOT ALLOW CHANGE)

to be or hold something in a position or condition where movement, escape, or change is not possible: [T] They’re locked in a lawsuit with their former employer. [I] The cars crashed and the bumpers locked, making it impossible to move. [M] The bank won’t lock in our mortgage rate.
  • lock verb [I/T] (FASTEN)

If you lock something somewhere, you make it safe by putting it in a special place and fastening it closed with a lock: [T] He locked the documents in his filing cabinet.
(Definition of lock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lock" in Business English

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lockverb

uk   us   /lɒk/
lock horns (with sb)
to become involved in a disagreement or argument with someone: My first test as a manager early in my career was locking horns with a union representative at a print factory.lock horns (with sb) over sth The White House and Congress locked horns over how to cut the budget deficit.
(Definition of lock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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