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dock

noun uk   /dɒk/ us    /dɑːk/

dock noun (FOR SHIPS)

C1 [C] an area of water in a port that can be closed off and that is used for putting goods onto and taking them off ships or repairing ships
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docks [plural] a group of these areas of water in a port and the buildings around them: The strike has led to the cancellation of some ferry services and left hundreds of passengers stranded at the docks. [C] US a long structure built over water where passengers can get on or off a boat or where goods can be put on and taken off
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dock noun (LAW)

the dock [S] mainly UK the place in a criminal law court where the accused person sits or stands during the trial: The defendant seemed nervous as he left the dock and stepped up to the witness box. The company will find itself in the dock (= in court) if it continues to ignore the pollution regulations.

dock noun (PLANT)

[C or U] a common wild plant with large wide leaves that grows in some northern countries such as Britain: Rubbing dock leaves on nettle stings helps to relieve the pain.

dock noun (EQUIPMENT)

dock

verb uk   /dɒk/ us    /dɑːk/

dock verb (REMOVE)

[T] to remove part of something: As a punishment, the Army docked the soldiers' pay/wages by 20% and took away their leave. The lambs' tails are docked (= cut short) for hygiene reasons.

dock verb (SHIP)

[I or T] If a ship docks, it arrives at a dock and if someone docks a ship, they bring it into a dock: Hundreds of people turned up to see the ship dock at the pier. The Russians and Americans docked (= joined together in space) (their spacecraft) just after one o'clock this morning.
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