Meaning of “row” in the English Dictionary

"row" in British English

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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.

More examples

  • The roof of the temple was held up by a row of thick stone columns.
  • I'd like seats on the front row of the stalls.
  • "This is our fourth victory in a row, " he gloated.
  • They built a row of hotels right along the sea-front.
  • A row of tall fir trees shuts off the view of the street in front.


[ 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.

Phrasal verb(s)


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.

More examples

  • They had an awful row several years ago, but now they've resolved their differences.
  • There was an almighty row when I asked them to leave.
  • We had a flaming row over it last night.
  • Did you manage to patch things up with Jackie after your row?
  • They have massive rows because they're both so stubborn.

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.

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

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