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line

noun
 
 
/laɪn/
MARK [C] A2 a long, thin mark: a horizontal/straight/vertical line Sign your name on the dotted line. Draw a line around your hand.Parts of geometrical shapes
ROW [C] a row of people or things: a line of trees We formed two lines, men on one side and women on the other.Things collected in lines or ringsOrder and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
ROPE ETC [C] a piece of rope or wire with a particular purpose: a clothes/fishing lineCords, ropes, cables and string
TELEPHONE [C] B2 the connection between two telephones: I've got Neil on the line for you (= waiting to speak to you). I'll be with you in a moment - could you hold the line (= wait), please?Communicating by telephone
WAITING [C, U] US (UK queue) a row of people waiting for something, one behind the other: We were standing in line for hours to get tickets.Things collected in lines or rings
SONG/POEM [C] B1 a row of words on a page, for example in a song or poem: The same line is repeated throughout the poem.Printing and word processingPieces of writing
lines the words spoken by an actor in a performance: I don't know how actors remember all their lines.Casting, roles and scripts
OPINION [C] the official opinion of an organization: [usually singular] the government's line on immigrationOpinions, beliefs and points of view
along the lines of sth based on and similar to something: He gave a talk along the lines of the one he gave in Oxford.Being based on or depending on somethingSimilar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
sb's line of reasoning/thinking, etc your reasons for believing that something is true or rightMotives and reasons
PRODUCT [C] a type of product that a company sells: They're advertising a new line in garden furniture.Products and producersBuying and selling in general
DIRECTION [C] the direction that something moves in: He can't kick the ball in a straight line.Railways and railway lines
lines the marks that older people have on their faces, when the skin is looseSkin complaints and blemishes
BORDER [C] US a border between two areas: the New York state lineFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sportsContinents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation
be on the line If someone's job is on the line, they may lose it.Firing staff and being fired
be in line for sth to be likely to get something good, especially a jobPossible and probable
be in line with sth to be similar to and suitable for something: a pay increase in line with inflationSuitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very goodBeing or appearing similar or the same
→ See also the bottom line, dotted line, front line, hard line, draw the line at sth, toe the (party) line
(Definition of line noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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