Meaning of “row” in the English Dictionary

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uk /rəʊ/ us /roʊ/

row noun (LINE)

B1 [ C ] a line of things, people, animals, etc. arranged next to each other:

We had seats in the front/back row of the theatre.

US UK terrace a line of houses joined together along their side walls

[ C ] used in the names of some roads:

Prospect Row
in a row

B2 one after another without a break:

She's been voted Best Actress three years in a row.

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[ C usually singular ] the activity of making a boat move through water using oars (= poles with flat ends):

They've gone for a row to the island.

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rowverb [ I or T ]

uk /rəʊ/ us /roʊ/

B2 to cause a boat to move through water by pushing against the water with oars (= poles with flat ends):

The wind dropped, so we had to row (the boat) back home.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈrəʊ.ər/ us /ˈroʊ.ɚ/

He is a former Olympic rower.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈrəʊ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈroʊ.ɪŋ/

I love rowing.

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uk /raʊ/ us /raʊ/ mainly UK

row noun (ARGUMENT)

[ C ] a noisy argument or fight:

My parents often have rows, but my dad does most of the shouting.
What was a political row over government policy on Europe is fast becoming a diplomatic row between France and Britain.

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rowverb [ I ]

uk /raʊ/ us /raʊ/ mainly UK informal

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

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rownoun [ C ]

us /roʊ/

row noun [ C ] (LINE)

a line of things arranged next to each other:

Everybody lined up in a neat little row.
I want to sit in the front row.
in a row

If something happens a number of times in a row, it happens that many times without interruption:

They’ve won six games in a row.

rowverb [ I/T ]

us /roʊ/

row verb [ I/T ] (MOVE IN WATER)

to cause a boat to move by pushing against the water with oars (= long poles with flat ends), or to move people in a boat in this way:

[ T ] Dad rowed us back to shore.
noun [ U ] us /ˈroʊ·ɪŋ/

Sarah won an Olympic medal in rowing.

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In order to qualify, not only numerical but also ideological criteria are to be applied, and that means that parties which row against the tide will have no chance.
When, for the sixteenth time in a row, it seems impossible to track down the perpetrators, that really is too much.
Does anybody here want to have a bet with me that it will not be 12 years in a row, or perhaps 13 or 14?
He has now spent seventeen years languishing on death row, seventeen years claiming innocence and fighting for a review of his case.
In my opinion, the problem is the long-term budget plan and the interinstitutional agreement that set sector-by-sector budget ceilings for seven years in a row.
Business confidence fell again last month for the seventeenth month in a row and there is a collapse of consumer confidence.
He has been in that prison for eight years, since he was 19, and he has been on death row for two years.
On this committee all the groups and the chairman worked very reasonably together until, after our work, this row blew up.
Let us not have a row now.
There are also others who are waiting on death row, sentenced for alleged crimes they committed when they were still minors.

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