wa|ter1 W1S3 [ˈwo:tə US ˈwo:tər, ˈwa:-] n [U]
2¦(area of water)¦
3 waters
4 high/low water
5 uncharted/troubled/murky waters
6 be (all) water under the bridge
7 like water
8 like water off a duck's back
9 somebody's waters break
10 water on the brain/knee
11 take the waters
12 make/pass water
[: Old English; Origin: wAter]
1.) ¦(LIQUID)¦
the clear liquid without colour, smell, or taste that falls as rain and that is used for drinking, washing etc
There's water all over the bathroom floor.
Does anyone want a drink of water ?
a glass of sparkling mineral water
All rooms have hot and cold running water .
Pour boiling water over the rice and let it soak.
a fresh water spring
When dealing with a burst pipe, always turn off the water first.
contamination of the local water supply
a) an area of water such as the sea, a lake etc
shallow/deep water
Rangoon is surrounded on three sides by water.
Denzil dived into the water.
He stepped down to the water's edge.
by water
(=by boat)
The temple can only be reached by water.
b) the surface of a lake, river etc
→↑underwater on the water
something floating on the water
3.) waters [plural]
a large area of water, especially an ocean that is near or belongs to a particular country
the coastal waters of Alaska
Korean/Mexican/Pacific etc waters
The ship drifted into Turkish territorial waters .
a species found in inland waters (=not the sea, but rivers, lakes etc)
4.) high/low water
the highest or lowest level of the sea and some rivers
= ↑tide
5.) uncharted/troubled/murky waters
formal a situation that is difficult, dangerous, or unfamiliar
the uncharted waters of the 21st century
6.) be (all) water under the bridge informal
used to say that what happened in the past should be forgotten
7.) like water
if you use something or spend money like water, you use or spend large amounts of it when you should try to save it - used to show disapproval
Some of the companies were spending money like water.
8.) like water off a duck's back informal
if criticism, warnings etc are like water off a duck's back, they have no effect on the person you are saying them to
9.) sb's waters break
when a ↑pregnant woman's waters break, liquid comes from her body just before her baby is born
10.) water on the brain/knee
old-fashioned informal liquid around the brain or knee as the result of a disease
11.) take the waters
old-fashioned to wash yourself in or drink special water that is thought to make you healthy
12.) make/pass water
formal to ↑urinate
→↑soda water, toilet water,in deep water atdeep1 (15), take to sth like a duck to water atduck1 (4), of the first water atfirst1 (18), (be/feel) like a fish out of water atfish1 (3), not hold water athold1 (37), in hot water athot1 (10), muddy the waters atmuddy2 (2), pour cold water over/on sth atpour, still waters run deep atstill2 (5), test the water attest2 (7), tread water attread1 (5), troubled waters attroubled
COLLOCATES for sense 1
glass/drink of water
tap water (=water that comes out of a tap)
drinking water
spring/mineral/bottled water (=water to drink that you buy in bottles)
running water (=water that comes out of a system of pipes)
stagnant water (=still water in a lake, pool etc)
hot/cold/boiling/tepid etc water
soapy water
hard/soft water (=water that contains a lot of or a littlecalcium )
salt/fresh water (=water that contains salt or does not contain salt)
turn on/turn off the water (=turn a tap to let water come out or to stop it coming out)
water 2
water2 S3 v
2 your eyes water
Phrasal verbs
 water something<=>down
1.) ¦(PLANT/LAND)¦ [T]
if you water plants or the ground they are growing in, you pour water on them
Will you water my houseplants while I'm away?
The garden needs watering daily.
2.) your eyes water
if your eyes water, ↑tears come out of them
Chopping onions makes my eyes water.
→↑mouth-watering,make your mouth water atmouth1 (11)
3.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦ [T]
to give an animal water to drink
Have the horses been fed and watered?
4.) ¦(RIVER)¦ [T usually passive]
technical if an area is watered by a river, the river flows through it and provides it with water
Colombia is watered by several rivers.
5.) ¦(WEAKEN)¦ also water down [T]
to add water to a drink to make it less strong
water down [water sth<=>down] phr v
1.) to make a statement, report etc less forceful by changing it or removing parts that may offend people - used to show disapproval
The report of the investigation had been watered down.
2.) to add water to a drink to make it less strong
= ↑dilute

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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