Meaning of “tide” in the English Dictionary

"tide" in British English

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tidenoun

uk /taɪd/ us /taɪd/

tide noun (SEA)

B2 [ C ] the rise and fall of the sea that happens twice every day:

high/low tide
The tide is out/in.

More examples

  • Most people are completely clueless about tide directions and weather conditions.
  • The tide comes in very quickly here and you can soon find yourself stranded.
  • Is the tide coming in or going out?
  • You can only see the beach when the tide is out.
  • The boat was swept out to sea by the tide.

-tidesuffix

uk / -taɪd/ us / -taɪd/ old use

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

"tide" in American English

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tidenoun [ C ]

us /tɑɪd/

the rise and fall of the sea that happens twice every day:

high/low tide

A tide is also any large change in something, esp. an increase in the amount of something:

The tide of public opinion is turning against the president.

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