Meaning of “lake” in the English Dictionary

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"lake" in British English

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lakenoun [ C ]

uk /leɪk/ us /leɪk/

A2 a large area of water surrounded by land and not connected to the sea except by rivers or streams:

We used to go boating on that lake.
Lake Windermere
milk, oil, wine, etc. lake disapproving

an amount of a liquid produced that is more than is needed, so that it has to be stored or wasted:

Overproduction caused butter mountains and wine lakes.

More examples

  • She dived into the still water of the lake.
  • The hotel is in a lovely location overlooking the lake.
  • These plants are found in fresh water lakes and rivers .
  • The lake sparkled in the bright/brilliant sunlight.
  • The body of the missing woman was recovered from a lake near her home.

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

"lake" in American English

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lakenoun [ C ]

us /leɪk/

a large area of water that is not salty and is surrounded by land:

Lake Michigan

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