Definition of “box” - English Dictionary

“box” in British English

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boxnoun

uk /bɒks/ us /bɑːks/

box noun (CONTAINER)

A1 [ C ] a square or rectangular container with stiff sides and sometimes a lid:

a cardboard box
a cigar box

A1 [ C ] a box and its contents, or just the contents of a box:

a box of matches
He ate a whole box of chocolates.

[ C ] UK US cup a piece of hard plastic worn by men to protect their sex organs when playing a sport

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box noun (SQUARE SPACE)

A2 [ C ] any square or rectangular space on a form, sports field, road, etc., separated from the main area by lines:

If you would like more information, put an X in the box.

[ C ] US UK box junction a place where two roads cross, marked with a square of yellow lines painted in the centre, that you can drive over only when the road in front is clear

[ C ] a small space with walls:

a jury/phone box
Their new house is just a box (= very small).

[ C ] a small area with seats that is separate from the other seats in a theatre or at the side of a sports field:

Can you see Prince Charles in the royal box?

boxverb

uk /bɒks/ us /bɑːks/

(Definition of “box” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“box” in American English

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boxnoun [ C ]

us /bɑks/

box noun [ C ] (CONTAINER)

a container with stiff sides, shaped like a rectangle, or the contents of such a container:

a box of chocolates (= the container and its contents)

A box is also a small space on a form marked by lines in the shape of a square:

If you want to receive electronic updates, put a check in the box.

A box is sometimes a small enclosed place:

the jury box

boxverb

us /bɑks/

box verb (PUT IN CONTAINER)

[ T ] to put something in a box:

[ M ] Someone from the nursing home must have boxed up his clothes.
[ M ] fig. My car was boxed in (= blocked) by two other cars, and I couldn’t get out.

box verb (FIGHT)

[ I/T ] to fight someone or be active in the sport of boxing:

[ I/T ] I’d like to box him, and there’s a chance that we will box again in Germany.

(Definition of “box” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“box” in Business English

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boxnoun [ C ]

uk /bɒks/ us

a square or rectangular container with stiff sides and sometimes a lid:

Books are packed in cardboard boxes and are shipped direct to buyers' homes.

PRODUCTION a box and its contents, or just the contents of the box:

Florida will produce 132 million boxes of oranges this season.

COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET any square or rectangular space on a form or computer screen which is separated from the main area by lines:

For tips on how to conduct your search, see the box on this page.
For more information, tick the box on the coupon.
In the box calling for a model number put 'unknown'.

COMMUNICATIONS →  box number

COMMUNICATIONS →  PO Box

→  set-top box

a small area with seats which is separate from the other seats in a theatre or at the side of a sports field:

We will have a producer and a reporter in the press box feeding a play-by-play to the internet as the action unfolds.
stadium box seats

boxverb [ T ]

uk /bɒks/ us also box up

PRODUCTION to put something in a box:

About 3,000 workers busily boxed up millions of plastic toys.

(Definition of “box” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)