Meaning of “lunch” in the English Dictionary

"lunch" in British English

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lunchnoun [ C or U ]

uk /lʌntʃ/ us /lʌntʃ/

A1 a meal that is eaten in the middle of the day:

What's for lunch?
UK We had a pub lunch.
I'm sorry, Joanna isn't here at the moment, she's (gone) out to/gone to lunch.
We must do lunch sometime (= have lunch together).

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lunchverb [ I ]

uk /lʌntʃ/ us /lʌntʃ/

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

"lunch" in American English

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lunchnoun [ C/U ]

us /lʌntʃ/

a meal eaten in the middle of the day, or the food prepared for this meal:

[ U ] We had soup and sandwiches for lunch.
[ C ] I take my lunch to work.
lunch
verb [ I ] us /lʌntʃ/

We lunched on crackers and cheese.

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

"lunch" in Business English

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lunchnoun [ C or U ]

uk /lʌnʃ/ us

a meal that is eaten in the middle of the day:

be at/have/eat lunch I'm having lunch with Tomoko on Monday.
go (out) to lunch I'm sorry, Joanna isn't here at the moment, she's gone out to lunch.
take sb (out) for lunch I often take my clients out for lunch.
We must do lunch sometime.
over lunch I look forward to continuing our discussion over lunch.
Our company provides buffet lunches for business meetings.
there is no such thing as a free lunch

used for saying that you cannot get something for nothing:

We all like the idea of more time off work but there is no such thing as a free lunch.

lunchverb [ I ]

uk /lʌnʃ/ us

to eat a meal in the middle of the day:

lunch with sb I'm lunching with Giles.

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