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bednoun [C]

 us   /bed/

bed noun [C] (FURNITURE)

a ​largepiece of ​furniture with a ​flatsurface that a ​person can ​lie on to ​sleep or ​rest: He ​feltsick and ​decided to ​stay in bed that ​day. He ​sat down on the bed and took off his ​shoes. Some ​mornings it’s really hard to get out of bed. I'm really ​tired – I ​think I'll go to bed (= get into bed in ​order to ​sleep).

bed noun [C] (BOTTOM OF THE SEA)

earth science the ​bottom of a ​river, ​lake, or ​sea

bed noun [C] (AREA OF GROUND)

an ​area of ​ground used for ​plantingflowers: a ​flower bed
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bednoun

uk   us   /bed/

bed noun (FURNITURE)

A1 [C or U] a ​large, ​rectangularpiece of ​furniture, often with four ​legs, used for ​sleeping on: He ​lived in a ​room with only two ​chairs, a bed, and a ​table. He ​likes to have ​breakfast in bed on a ​Saturdaymorning. She didn't get out of bed till ​lunchtime today. I'm ​exhausted - I'm going to bed (= going to get into a bed in ​order to ​sleep). I always put the ​children to bed (= make ​certain that they get into a bed and are ​comfortable there ​ready for going to ​sleep) at 7.30 p.m. make the bed B2 to make a bed ​neat after you have ​slept in it
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bed noun (BOTTOM)

C2 [C] the ​bottom of something, or something that ​serves as a ​base: Many ​strangeplants and ​fishlive on the ​sea bed. The ​railway was ​built on a bed ofsolidrock.a bed of sth a ​pile of one ​type of ​food on which other ​food is ​arranged as a ​meal: roastedvegetables on a bed of ​rice

bed noun (AREA OF GROUND)

C2 [C] a ​piece of ​ground used for ​growingplantsoutside: They have some ​beautiful flower beds in ​theirgarden.

bedverb [T]

uk   us   /bed/ (-dd-)

bed verb [T] (PUT)

to put something ​firmly into a ​substance or into the ​ground: The ​posts should be ​firmly bedded inconcrete.

bed verb [T] (SEX)

old-fashioned to have ​sex with someone
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BEdnoun [C]

uk   us   /biːˈed/
abbreviation for Bachelor of Education: a ​degree taken by some ​teachers, or a ​person who has this ​degree
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