I UK [bed] / US noun
Word forms "bed":
singular bed plural beds
a) [countable/uncountable] a piece of furniture that you sleep on, consisting of a soft comfortable part called a mattress and a base
double/single bed:

The room had two single beds in it.

out of/in bed:

It's midnight – why aren't you in bed?

get out of bed (= get up):

I never get out of bed before 10 am.

go to bed:

I'll get home at 11 pm and go straight to bed.

put someone to bed:

Sam was upstairs putting the children to bed.

make the/my/your etc bed (= tidy its covers after you have slept in it):

Why can't you kids make your own beds?

b) anything that is used by a person or animal for sleeping on

The dog's bed is in the kitchen.

He made himself a bed of straw.

a) [countable, usually singular] the ground at the bottom of a sea or river

a dried-up river bed

fish that live close to the sea bed

b) [countable] an area in a river, lake, or ocean where there are a lot of plants or animals of a particular kind

reed beds

oyster beds

3) [countable] an area of ground that has been dug for growing plants and flowers

a circular bed in the middle of the lawn

4) [singular] a layer of food on which you put other food
bed of:

prawns served on a bed of lettuce

5) [countable] a layer of rock that is inside a larger area of rock

good/bad in bedinformal good/bad as a sexual partner

someone has made their bed, and they must lie/sleep in it — used for saying someone must accept an unpleasant situation they are in because they caused it

jump/get into bed with someoneinformal to have sex with someone you have just met; to start a close business relationship with someone

something/life is not a bed of roses[usually in negatives] used for saying that something is not always good or easy

The life of a debt collector is no bed of roses.

II UK [bed] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "bed":
present tense I/you/we/they bed he/she/it beds present participle bedding past tense bedded past participle bedded
1) to put something firmly into a base or into the ground
2) literary to have sex with someone
Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • bed — bed …   The Old English to English

  • bed — bed …   English to the Old English

  • bed — bed; bed·da; bed·ded; bed·der; bed·e·guar; bed·er·al; bed·fel·low·ship; bed·ford; bed·ford·shire; bed·lam·er; bed·less; bed·ling·ton; bed·man; bed·ral; bed·rid·den; bed·stead; bed·ward; crab·bed; crab·bed·ly; crab·bed·ness; em·bed; em·bed·ment;… …   English syllables

  • Bed — Bed, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[ a]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.] 1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — /bɛd / (say bed) noun 1. a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps. 2. the mattress and bedclothes together with the bedstead. 3. the bedstead alone. 4. the use of a bed for the night; lodging. 5. a place for sexual… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bed — [bed] n. [ME & OE < IE base * bhedh , to dig > Ger bett, L fossa, ditch, W bedd, Bret béz, a grave; orig. sense “a sleeping hollow in the ground”] 1. a thing for sleeping or resting on; specif., a piece of furniture consisting usually of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Bed-In — for Peace Enregistrement de Give Peace a Chance lors du bed in de Montréal. Les Bed Ins for Peace[1] (au lit pour la paix) sont les deux événements médiatiques tenus par le fondateur des Beatles …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bed — Bed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bedded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bedding}.] 1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To make partaker of one s bed; to cohabit with. [1913 Webster] I ll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — ► NOUN 1) a piece of furniture incorporating a mattress or other surface for sleeping or resting on. 2) informal a bed as a place for sexual activity. 3) an area of ground where flowers and plants are grown. 4) a flat base or foundation. 5) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bed — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bed*/*/*/ — [bed] noun 1) [C/U] a piece of furniture that you sleep on The room had two beds in it.[/ex] It s midnight – why aren t you in bed?[/ex] I never get out of bed before 10 am.[/ex] I got home at 11 pm and went straight to bed.[/ex] 2) [C] the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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