Language: Old English
Origin: bedd


1 noun
bed1 S1 W1


[uncountable and countable] a piece of furniture that you sleep onCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
in bed single/double bed (=a bed for one person/two people) get into bed/get out of bed go to bed make your bed (=tidy the covers after you have slept in your bed) put somebody to bed (=put a child in their bed) get somebody out of bed (=make someone get out of bed) time for bed (=time to go to sleep) climb/crawl into bed jump out of bed before bed (=before going to bed) take to your bed (=go to bed because you feel ill) spare bed (=a bed for visitors to your home)
Simon lay in bed thinking.
She got into bed and turned out the light.
I was too tired to get out of bed.
You should go to bed early.
Have you made your bed, Penny?
I'll just put the children to bed.
Sorry for calling so early - I hope I didn't get you out of bed.
Come on kids, it's time for bed.
Dad has a whisky before bed.
He felt so ill that he took to his bed.
Come and stay. The spare bed 's available for you.
camp bed, double bed, four-poster bed, sofa bed, twin bed


[uncountable] informal used to refer to having sex:
I came home and found him in bed with (=having sex with) my best friend.
He wanted me to go to bed with him.
He's been trying to get his secretary into bed.
She told me he was good in bed (=a skilful lover).


[countable]HEO the flat ground at the bottom of a river, lake, or sea:
the sea bed


[countable]DLG an area of a garden, park etc that has been prepared for plants to grow in:
rose beds


[countable]HEG a layer of rock bedrock (2)

lowest layer

[singular] a layer of something that forms a base that other things are put on top of
bed of
prawns on a bed of lettuce

in river/water

[countable] an area at the edge of a river or in deeper water where things grow:
an oyster bed
The birds build their nests in reed beds along the river bank.

get out of bed on the wrong side

British English, get up on the wrong side of the bed American English to feel slightly angry or annoyed for no particular reason

not a bed of roses

not a happy, comfortable, or easy situation:
Life isn't always a bed of roses, you know.

you've made your bed and you must lie on it

spoken used to say that you must accept the results of your actions, even if they are bad

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