Meaning of “coastal” in the English Dictionary

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"coastal" in British English

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uk /ˈkəʊ.stəl/ us /ˈkoʊ.stəl/

B2 positioned on, or relating to the coast:

a coastal town

More examples

  • The coastal resorts are deserted in winter.
  • Marine biologists are concerned about the effects of untreated sewage that is flowing into coastal waters.
  • Accumulations of sand can be formed by the action of waves on coastal beaches.
  • A tidal surge caused severe flooding in coastal areas.
  • St Lucia depends on its clean coastal waters because fishing and tourism provide much of its income.

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

"coastal" in American English

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coastaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈkoʊ·stəl/

near the coast:

coastal waters
coastal communities

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