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waternoun

uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/
A1 [U] a clear liquid, without colour or taste, that falls from the sky as rain and is necessary for animal and plant life: a bottle/drink/glass of water bottled/mineral/tap water hot/cold water Can I have a drop of water in my whisky, please? Is there enough hot water for a bath? The human body is about 50 percent water.
A2 [U] an area of water, such as the sea, a lake, or a swimming pool: The water's warm - are you coming in? I don't like getting my head under (= in) water. Dad, I swam a whole length of the pool under water (= with the whole head and body below the surface of the water)!
[U] the level of an area of water: The river is difficult to cross during periods of high water.
waters [plural]
the area of sea near to and belonging to a particular country: St Lucia depends on its clean coastal waters for its income.
the water contained in a particular lake, river, or part of the sea: In the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs attract fish.
UK (US water) the liquid that surrounds a baby inside a pregnant woman's womb: At 3 a.m. her waters broke, and the baby was born soon after.
the waters [plural]
water from a spring, especially when used in the past for drinking or swimming in, in order to improve the health: People used to come to this city to take (= drink or swim in) the waters.

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waterverb

uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/
  • water verb (GIVE WATER)

B2 [T] to pour water on to plants or the soil that they are growing in: I've asked my neighbour to water the plants while I'm away.
[T] to give an animal water to drink: The horses had been fed and watered.

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  • water verb (PRODUCE LIQUID)

C2 [I] If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell some food that you would like to eat: The smell of that bread is making my mouth water!
[I] When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy: How do you stop your eyes from watering when you're cutting up onions?
Phrasal verbs

-watersuffix

uk   / -wɔː.tər/  us   / -wɑː.t̬ɚ/
(Definition of water from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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waternoun [U]

 us   /ˈwɔ·t̬ər, ˈwɑt̬·ər/
a clear, colorless liquid that falls from the sky as rain and is necessary for animal and plant life: a drink/glass of water bottled/tap water cold/hot water I’m boiling water to make some more coffee.
The water often refers to an area of water, such as the sea or a lake: The water’s much warmer today – are you coming for a swim?
Waters is an area of natural water, such as a part of the sea: [pl] coastal waters

waterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈwɔ·t̬ər, ˈwɑt̬·ər/
to provide water to a plant or animal: [T] I’ve asked my neighbor to water the plants while I’m away.
When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy: [I] The icy wind made his eyes water.
If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell food that you would like to eat: [I] The smell of that bread is making my mouth water.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of water from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “water”
in Korean 물…
in Arabic ماء…
in Malaysian terliur, kecur, berair…
in French saliver, pleurer…
in Russian вода…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水, 水域, 大片的水…
in Italian acqua…
in Turkish su, deniz, nehir…
in Polish woda…
in Spanish hacerse la boca agua, llorar…
in Vietnamese chảy nước bọt, làm chảy nước mắt…
in Portuguese água…
in Thai น้ำลายไหล, น้ำตาไหล…
in German wässern, tränen…
in Catalan aigua…
in Japanese 水…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水, 水域, 大片的水…
in Indonesian mengeluarkan liur, mengeluarkan air mata…
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