Meaning of WEED in English

WEED

I. weed 1 /wiːd/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: weod ]

1 . [countable] a wild plant growing where it is not wanted that prevents crops or garden flowers from growing properly:

the constant battle against weeds

2 . [uncountable] a plant without flowers that grows on water in a large green floating mass ⇨ seaweed

3 . [countable] British English informal someone who is weak:

Nigel’s such a weed, isn’t he?

4 . like weeds in large numbers:

Cars clogged the roads like weeds.

5 . the weed informal cigarettes or tobacco

6 . [uncountable] old-fashioned ↑ cannabis

7 . (widow’s) weeds old use black clothes worn by a woman whose husband has died

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THESAURUS

▪ plant a living thing that has leaves and roots and grows in earth, especially one that is smaller than a tree:

Don’t forget to water the plants.

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Plants grow towards the sun.

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Botanists examined plant species from around the world.

▪ herb a small plant that is used to improve the taste of food, or to make medicine:

Sprinkle the dish with chopped fresh herbs.

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medicinal herbs (=used as medicine)

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The shop sells an interesting range of herbs and spices.

▪ weed a wild plant growing where it is not wanted that prevents crops or garden flowers from growing properly:

She was pulling up weeds in her garden.

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Herbicides can be used to prevent and control weeds.

▪ bulb a root shaped like a ball that grows into a flower or plant:

She planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs.

▪ shrub a small bush with several woody stems:

flowering shrubs

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Rosemary is an evergreen shrub.

II. weed 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]

to remove unwanted plants from a garden or other place

—weeding noun [uncountable]

weed somebody/something ↔ out phrasal verb

to get rid of people or things that are not very good:

The research will help governments to weed out ineffective aid schemes.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.