Meaning of “station” in the English Dictionary

"station" in British English

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stationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˈsteɪ.ʃən/

station noun [ C ] (BUSES/TRAINS)

A1 a building and the surrounding area where buses or trains stop for people to get on or off:

UK a railway station
US a railroad station
a train/bus/coach station
Our office is near the station.
We looked on our map to find the nearest underground/tube (US subway/metro) station.

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  • Shall we get a taxi to the station?
  • It's a good half hour's walk to the station from here.
  • They hugged each other when they met at the station.
  • Is there any possibility that you could pick me up from the station?
  • "Can you get me to the station by 11.30?" "No problem."

station noun [ C ] (BROADCASTING)

B1 a company that broadcasts radio or television programmes:

a radio/television station
a commercial/foreign station
The reception is not very good - try to tune in to another station.
UK a pirate (= illegal) station

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Idiom(s)

stationverb [ T + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈsteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˈsteɪ.ʃən/

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

"station" in American English

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stationnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsteɪ·ʃən/

station noun [ C ] (BUILDING)

a building or buildings and the surrounding area where a particular service or activity takes place:

a train/bus station
a gas station
a police/fire station

station noun [ C ] (BROADCAST ORGANIZATION)

a place or organization that sends out radio or television broadcasts, or the broadcasts sent out:

At our house in the mountains we only get two TV stations.
I can’t tune in that radio station.

station noun [ C ] (POSITION)

a particular position that someone has been ordered to move into or stay in:

The honor guard took their stations at the side of the road.

stationverb [ T ]

us /ˈsteɪ·ʃən/

station verb [ T ] (POSITION)

to cause someone, esp. a soldier, to be in a particular place to do a job:

I hear your son’s in the army – where’s he stationed?

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

"station" in Business English

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stationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsteɪʃən/ us

WORKPLACE the place or desk where someone does their work:

The guard was away from his station when the alarm sounded.
You will usually find the receptionist at her station in the lobby.

TRANSPORT a place where trains or buses stop for people to get on or off:

a bus/subway/train station
The firm's offices are near Euston station.

COMMUNICATIONS a company that sends out radio or television broadcasts:

a radio/television/TV station
It is part of a stable of five major FM stations owned by the Pacifica Radio Foundation.

a building or place used for a particular service or type of work:

a fire/police/polling station
a petrol/gas station

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