boardboard1 /bɔːd $ bɔːrd/ ●●●S1W1 noun1INFORMATIONinformation [countable]INFORMATION a flatwide piece of wood, plastic etc that you can use to show informationon a boardThe plan of the new building is displayed on a board at the back of the room.I’ve put a list of names up on the board.I’ll check the departure board for train times. →billboard, blackboard, noticeboard, scoreboard2for putting things onFOR PUTTING THINGS ON [countable]DFUDG a flat piece of wood, plastic, card etc that you use for a particular purpose such as cutting things on, or for playing indoor gamesMartha was chopping vegetables on a wooden board.a chess board →breadboard, cheeseboard, chopping board3group of people (also Board)GROUP OF PEOPLE [countable]GROUP OF PEOPLE a group of people in a company or other organization who make the rules and important decisionsboard ofThe Board of Directors met yesterday.There was disagreement among the agency's board of governors.sit on a board/have a seat on a board (=be a member of a board)He gave up his seat on the board after 40 years.a board meetinga board memberGRAMMAR: Singular or plural verb?• Board is usually followed by a singular verb in this meaning: The board meets once a month.• In British English, you can also use a plural verb: The board meet once a month.4 →Board5in buildingFOR BUILDING [countable]TBC a long thin flat piece of wood used for making floors, walls, fences etcWe’ll have to take the boards up to check the wiring. →floorboard6 →on board7mealsMEALS [uncountable]DF the meals that are provided for you when you pay to stay somewhereIn the nursing home she will have to pay for room and board.The landlord provides board and lodging (=meals and a place to stay). →full board, half board8 →go by the board9in water sports [countable] a surfboard or sailboard10 →across the board11 →take something on board12electricity [countable] a circuitboard13 →the boards14 →boards15 →college/medical boards →above board, diving board, drawing board, ironing board, sounding board, → sweep the boardat sweep1(11)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a group of people in a company or other organization who make the rules and important decisionsphrasesa board of directors/trusteesThe board of directors met yesterday.a board of governors (=in a school)She sits on the board of governors.the school board American EnglishThe school board voted on the appointment.the chairman of the boardJames Clark has been named chairman of the board.board + NOUNa board memberTwo board members resigned earlier this year.a board meetingAn emergency board meeting will have to be held.at board level (=at a senior level in a company, involving people on the board)The policy was approved at board level.verbsbe on the boardHe's on the board of trustees.be appointed to the boardThey agreed that an independent chairman should be appointed to the board.sit/serve on the boardShe had served on the board of governors of the BBC.have a seat on the boardHe gave up his seat on the board after 40 years' service.put something to the board (=ask the board to consider something)Their proposals were put to the board.
boardboard2 ●●○ verb1[intransitive, transitive] formalTT to get on a bus, plane, train etc in order to travel somewhereThe couple boarded the train for New York.Passengers were standing on the dock, waiting to board.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say get on a bus, plane etc rather than board: When she heard the news, she got on the next plane for Chicago.2 →be boarding3[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]DH to stay in a room in someone’s house that you pay forSeveral students boarded with Mrs. Smith.4[intransitive]SES to stay at a school at night as well as during the dayDickie was sent away to school as soon as he was old enough to board. →board something ↔ out →board something ↔ up→ See Verb table
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board• Flight 503 for Toronto is now boarding.• They boarded a flight for Israel.• A week later he boarded a ship bound for New York.• Phoebe boards here during the week and goes home at weekends.• Police boarded the Aberdeen to Newcastle plane after the pilotradioed for help.• The sooner Morgan boarded the chopper and pushed off the better.• Before boarding the plane, Jenny tried once more to call home.• Her parentsoffered no explanation when police boarded their plane at Chicago airportyesterday to arrest them for abandoning their children.• My only knowledge is the pubs that still remain but are boarded up.• I boarded with the Jansens until I found a place of my own.• I board with the Nicholsons during the week.From Longman Business DictionaryLBED_03_aboardboard1 /bɔːdbɔːrd/ noun1[countable] (also board of directors)COMMERCE the group of people who have been elected to manage a company by those holding shares in the companyThese accounts were approved by the Board of Directors on 15th July last year.The executive committee effectively runs the company between monthly board meetings. →management board →supervisory board2[countable] a group of people who make important decisions or rules about how an institutionoperates and make sure that these rules are obeyedThe city’s licensing board voted yesterday for restrictions on opening hours.board ofthe board of examiners →appeals board →marketing board →oversight board3[countable] (also circuit board)COMPUTING the part of a computercontaining the CHIPs that govern a particular functionA good sound board will really liven up your games and multimedia applications.4[uncountable] (also board and lodging)TRAVEL the meals and the room provided for you when you stay or live somewhere →full board →half board5on board on a ship, plane, or trainAll the crew must be on board by four o'clock this afternoon.6take something on board informal to listen to or accept a suggestionHe was not able to comment, but he took on board the strength of feeling against the proposal.7be on board/bring somebody on board informal to join an organization or agree with someone’s plans, ideas etc, or to make someone do thisThe response was to look for a way to accommodate the Danish Government, to bring the Danes back on board.boardboard2 verb [intransitive, transitive]TRAVELto get on a bus, plane, train, or shipFlight TA134 for Boston is now boarding at Gate 16.I boarded a bus and headed off out of Lesotho.→ See Verb table