Meaning of BED in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ bed ]

( beds)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A bed is a piece of furniture that you lie on when you sleep.

She went into her bedroom and lay down on the bed...

We finally went to bed at about 4am...

By the time we got back from dinner, Nona was already in bed...

When she had gone Sam and Robina put the children to bed.

N-COUNT : also prep N


If a place such as a hospital or a hotel has a particular number of beds , it is able to hold that number of patients or guests.



A bed in a garden or park is an area of ground that has been specially prepared so that plants can be grown in it.

...beds of strawberries and rhubarb.

N-COUNT : usu n N , N of n


A bed of shellfish or plants is an area in the sea or in a lake where a particular type of shellfish or plant is found in large quantities.

The whole lake was rimmed with thick beds of reeds.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


The sea bed or a river bed is the ground at the bottom of the sea or of a river.

For three weeks a big operation went on to recover the wreckage from the sea bed.

N-COUNT : usu sing , usu with supp


A bed of rock is a layer of rock that is found within a larger area of rock.

Between the white limestone and the greyish pink limestone is a thin bed of clay.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


If a recipe or a menu says that something is served on a bed of a food such as rice or vegetables, it means it is served on a layer of that food.

Heat the curry thoroughly and serve it on a bed of rice.

N-COUNT : usu sing , N of n


see also -bedded , bedding


To go to bed with someone means to have sex with them.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone has made their bed and must lie in it , you mean that since they have chosen to do a particular thing, they must now accept the unpleasant results of their action.



When you make the bed , you neatly arrange the sheets and covers of a bed so that it is ready to sleep in.

PHRASE : V and N inflect


bed of roses: see rose

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