Meaning of ROW in English


I. row 1 S2 W2 /rəʊ $ roʊ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . a line of things or people next to each other ⇨ column

row of

a row of houses

rows of trees

in a row

The children were asked to stand in a row.

row upon row (=many rows) of shelves stacked with books

2 . a line of seats in a theatre or cinema:

We sat in the front row.

3 . in a row happening a number of times, one after the other SYN consecutively

4 nights/3 weeks etc in a row

She’s been out four nights in a row.

I’ve beaten her three times in a row.

4 . used in the name of some roads:

22 Church Row

5 . a hard/tough row to hoe used to say that a particular situation is difficult

II. row 2 /raʊ/ BrE AmE noun British English

1 . [countable] a short angry argument, especially between people who know each other well SYN quarrel

row with

He had just had a row with his wife.

row about

What was the row about?

a family row

a blazing row (=a very angry argument)

2 . [countable] a situation in which people disagree strongly about important public matters SYN controversy

row about/over

a new row over government secrecy

3 . [singular] a loud unpleasant noise that continues for a long time SYN racket :

Stop that row – I’m trying to get to sleep!

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■ verbs

▪ have a row

Have you and Peter had a row?


▪ a huge row

They had a huge row when he got back home early yesterday.

▪ a furious row

She left the party after a furious row with her boyfriend.

▪ a blazing/flaming row (=a very angry row)

She had a blazing row with Eddie and stormed out of the house.

▪ a stand-up row (=a very angry row)

That night there was a stand-up row among the four kidnappers.

▪ a family row

When he turned up late, there was a family row.

▪ an unholy row informal (=a very angry row)

An unholy row broke out between two of the men drinking in the bar.

III. row 3 /rəʊ $ roʊ/ BrE AmE verb

[intransitive and transitive] to make a boat move across water using ↑ oar s

row away/towards/across

She rowed across the lake.

Jenny used to row at college (=as a sport) .

—row noun [singular] :

Why don’t we go for a row?

—rower noun [countable]

IV. row 4 /raʊ/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

British English to argue in an angry way

row about

They rowed about money all the time.

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