pad Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pad" in British English

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padnoun [C]

uk   us   /pæd/

pad noun [C] (MATERIAL)

a ​piece of ​soft, ​thickcloth or ​rubber, used to ​protect a ​part of the ​body, give ​shape to something, or ​clean something: a ​knee/​shoulder pad Soccer ​players often ​wear shin pads to ​protecttheirlegs. In the 1980s, shoulder pads were very ​fashionable in women's ​clothes. She ​wiped her ​eyemake-up off with a ​cottonwool pad.

pad noun [C] (PAPER)

a ​number of ​pieces of ​paper that have been ​fastened together along one ​side, used for writing or ​drawing on: I have a pad and ​pencil for taking ​notes. I always ​keep a pad of ​paper by the ​phone.
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pad noun [C] (FLAT SURFACE)

a hard ​flatarea of ​ground where helicopters can take off and ​land, or from which rockets are ​sent: The ​hotel has ​its own ​helicopter pad. Missiles have been ​launched from ​their pads ​deep in ​enemyterritory. one of the ​large, ​flatleaves of a water lily : a ​lily pad

pad noun [C] (FOOT)

the ​softpart under the paw (= ​foot) of a ​cat, ​dog, etc.

pad noun [C] (HOUSE)

old-fashioned or humorous informal a person's ​house or ​apartment: a ​bachelor pad

padverb [T]

uk   us   /pæd/ (-dd-)
to put ​pieces of ​softmaterial in something to make it ​soft, give it a different ​shape, or ​protect what is inside: These ​boots are padded with shock-resistant ​foam.
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(Definition of pad from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pad" in American English

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padnoun [C]

 us   /pæd/

pad noun [C] (PAPER)

a ​number of ​sheets of ​paperglued along one ​edge so that they can be ​easilycarried about together but separated as ​needed: He gave me a ​pencil and ​laid a pad on my ​bed for me to write on.

pad noun [C] (SOFT MATERIAL)

a ​flatpiece of ​softmaterial used to ​protect a ​surface, to ​preventinjury to a ​person, or to give a ​fullershape to ​clothing: Hockey ​playerswear these pillow-thick ​leg pads. A ​carpet and pad on the ​floorhelpinsulate against the ​cold.

pad noun [C] (HOUSE)

slang a person’s ​house or ​apartment: a ​bachelor pad
padding
noun [U]  us   /ˈpæd·ɪŋ/
We put some padding around the ​sides of the baby’s ​crib.

padverb

 us   /pæd/ (-dd-)

pad verb (WALK)

[I] to ​walk with a ​soft, ​lightstep: She padded ​silently into his ​bedroom.

pad verb (PUT ON EXTRA MATERIAL)

[T] If you pad a ​document or ​report, you ​add something ​extra that is ​unnecessary or not ​correct: Lawyers ​occasionally pad ​theirhours.
(Definition of pad from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pad" in Business English

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padnoun [C]

uk   us   /pæd/ WORKPLACE
a ​number of ​pieces of ​paper that have been fastened together along one ​side, and used for writing or ​drawing on: She took out a ​small pad and began to write. a writing/​memo/sketch pad
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padverb [T]

uk   us   /pæd/ (-dd-)
US to make something become or seem larger by ​adding things: She ​accused those who ​advertise tobacco of padding their ​bankaccounts by ​selling the ​health and future of our young ​people.pad sth with sth The ​scheme involved padding ​customers' ​long-distancephonebills with fake ​charges.
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(Definition of pad from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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