Definition of “map” - English Dictionary

“map” in British English

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mapnoun [ C ]

uk /mæp/ us /mæp/

A2 a drawing of the earth's surface, or part of that surface, showing the shape and position of different countries, political borders, natural features such as rivers and mountains, and artificial features such as roads and buildings:

a map of the world
a map of Paris
a road map
We need a large-scale map showing all the footpaths that we can walk along.
I'm terrible at map reading (= understanding maps).

a drawing that gives you a particular type of information about a particular area:

something that shows the position of stars in the sky or the features on the surface of planets:

a celestial map
a map of Mars

a very simple drawing that shows a direction of travel between one place and another:

I'll draw you a quick map if you're worried about finding the hotel.

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mapverb [ T ]

uk /mæp/ us /mæp/ -pp-

to represent an area of land in the form of a map:

Parts of the mountainous region in the north of the country have still not been mapped.

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

“map” in American English

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mapnoun [ C ]

us /mæp/

a drawing that represents a region or place by showing the various features of it, such as rivers and roads, and the distances between them, so that people can get help in finding their way from one place to another:

a map of California
a New York City subway map
According to this road map, it’s 740 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina to Miami, Florida.

mapverb [ T ]

us /mæp/ -pp-

to draw a representation of a place:

Archaeologists have mapped the old Roman city using aerial photography.

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

“map” in Business English

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mapnoun [ C ]

uk /mæp/ us GRAPHS & CHARTS

a drawing of the Earth's surface, or part of it, showing things such as the shape and position of countries, political borders, towns, rivers, etc.:

on a map Many of these students could not even find their own country on a map.
a map of Canada/the world/Europe

a drawing that gives you a particular type of information about a particular area:

This is a map of the building showing where the fire extinguishers are located.
You can use the interactive map to find our franchises nationwide.
The carbon map was designed so cities could better analyse their overall carbon footprint.

a simple plan that shows a direction of travel between one place and another:

I'll draw you a map if you're worried about finding the hotel.

a simple plan that represents a more complicated thing, system, or idea:

This is a map of what's on our website.
We now have a conceptual map of the essential qualities of leadership.
put sth/sb on the map

to make a person, place, or thing well known or show how important it is:

The governor has managed to put this sleepy southern state in America on the map.

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mapverb [ T ]

uk /mæp/ us -pp- GRAPHS & CHARTS

to represent an area of land in the form of a map:

New technology is making it possible to survey, map, and analyse the state's natural resources.

to show how something is put together or organized:

After gathering data, the next step is to map the decision-making process.

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