toilet Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"toilet" in British English

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toiletnoun

uk   us   /ˈtɔɪ.lət/

toilet noun (CONTAINER)

A1 [C] a bowl-shaped ​device with a ​seat that you ​sit on or ​stand near when ​emptying the ​body of ​urine or ​solidwaste, or another ​device used for this ​purpose: I was on (= using) the toilet when the ​phonerang. Don't ​forget to flush the toilet.UK Excuse me, ​Miss Lewis, I need/​want (to go to) the toilet. The toilet seat was ​cracked and there was no ​paper. [C] UK (US bathroom) a ​room with a toilet in it: Someone's in the toilet.go to the toilet A2 UK to ​empty the ​body of ​urine or ​solidwaste, usually using a toilet to do so: It's going to be a ​longdrive, ​kids, so if you ​want to go to the toilet, do so now.toilets A2 [plural] UK (US restroom, US also ladies'/men's room)
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a ​room or ​smallbuilding in a ​publicplace in which there are several toilets: Do you ​know where the ​ladies' toilets are?
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  • My ​children never ​flush the toilet after them.
  • Do you need the toilet ​right now or can you ​hang on for a while?
  • Can I go to the toilet, ​please, ​Miss?
  • We ​hated using that ​outside toilet - there were always ​spiders in there!
  • The ​sign on the toilet ​door said 'Engaged'.

toilet noun (WASHING)

[U] old-fashioned formal the ​process of ​washing and ​dressing yourself: Virginia had ​spentlonger than ​usual over her toilet that ​evening, with ​pleasingresults.
(Definition of toilet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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toiletnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɔɪ·lɪt/
a ​device into which ​peopleexcretewaste, esp. a bowl-shaped ​device with a ​seat that has a ​hole in it, or a bathroom : I couldn't get the toilet to ​flush.
(Definition of toilet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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