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Topic: TECHNOLOGY

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: car 'carriage' (14-19 centuries), from Anglo-French carre, from Latin carrus

car

noun
     
car
car S1 W1 [countable]
1TTC a vehicle with four wheels and an engine, that can carry a small number of passengersCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
by car get in/into a car get out of a car drive a car park a car parked car take the car (=drive it somewhere) car crash/accident car chase car crime police car company car (=a car you are given to use by your company)
I've left my bag in the car.
I always go to work by car.
Dan got out of the car and locked the door.
He isn't old enough to drive a car.
Cars were parked on both sides of the road.
a line of parked cars
You really ought to walk a bit more, rather than taking the car everywhere.
Coughlan was killed in a car accident.
a high-speed car chase through the streets of London
Car crime is the fastest-growing crime.
Police cars circled the building.
! Do not use go in/out with 'car'. Use get in/out: She got into her car (NOT went into her car) and drove off. | 'Stop the car. I want to get out!' (NOT go out)
2

sleeping/dining/buffet car

a train carriage used for sleeping, eating etc
3 American English a train carriage
4T the part of a lift, balloon, or airship in which people or goods are carried
WORD FOCUS: car WORD FOCUS: car
big cars: limousine, people carrier British English, gas-guzzler AmE informal, estate car British English

small cars: compact American English, hatchback British English

other types of car: pickup, van, saloon British English/sedan American English, sports car, convertible, SUV American English, off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4

where you park your car: garage, car park British English/parking lot American English, multi-storey car park British English, parking space, carport

someone who drives a car: driver, motorist, learner driver

someone who drives a rich or important person's car for them: chauffeur, driver
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