Meaning of “parachute” in the English Dictionary

"parachute" in British English

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parachutenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpær.ə.ʃuːt/ us /ˈper.ə.ʃuːt/

B2 a piece of equipment made of a large piece of special cloth that is fastened to a person or thing that is dropped from an aircraft, in order to make him, her, or it fall slowly and safely to the ground


  • a parachute harness
  • Airborne troops were dropped by parachute behind enemy lines.
  • For whatever reason his parachute failed to open.
  • She's agreed to do a parachute jump for charity.
  • There was a large tear in his parachute.


uk /ˈpær.ə.ʃuːt/ us /ˈper.ə.ʃuːt/

[ I usually + adv/prep ] to jump from an aircraft using a parachute:

The plan is to parachute into the town.

[ T usually + adv/prep ] to drop someone or something from an aircraft by parachute:

[ often passive ] Thousands of leaflets were parachuted behind enemy lines.

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

"parachute" in American English

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parachutenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpær·əˌʃut/

a large, usually circular piece of special cloth fastened to someone or something so that when dropped from an aircraft, it will catch the wind like a sail to make the person or thing fall slowly and safely to the ground

verb [ I/T ] us /ˈpær·əˌʃut/

[ I ] When the plane went down, three of the crewmen parachuted to safety.

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

"parachute" in Business English

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uk /ˈpærəʃuːt/ us MANAGEMENT

[ T ] to send a manager, politician, etc. to a new place that they have no previous connection with:

He was parachuted into the failing corporation's headquarters in hopes that he could rescue it.

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