ldoce_800_pcarcar /kɑː $ kɑːr/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1TTCa vehicle with four wheels and an engine, that can carry a small number of passengers 🔊 Dan got out of the car and locked the door. 🔊 He isn’t old enough to drive a car.by car 🔊 I always go to work by car. 🔊 Coughlan was killed in a car accident.2 →sleeping/dining/buffet car3American EnglishTTR a train carriage4Tthe part of a lift, balloon, or airship in which people or goods are carriedGRAMMAR: Patterns with car• You say get in a car or get into a car: He got into the car and drove away.✗Don’t say: get on a car• You say get out of a car: We got out of the car to see what had happened. ✗Don’t say: get off the car• You say that someone is in a car: I like to listen to the radio when I’m in the car.✗Don’t say: on a car• You go somewhere by car: It’s quicker to get there by car.✗Don’t say: by a carCOLLOCATIONSverbsgo/travel by carI try to use public transport instead of going by car.get in/into a carThe man stopped and she got into the car.get out of a carHe got out of the car and went into the newsagent’s.drive a carIn England you can learn to drive a car when you are 17.have/own a carDo you have a car?run a car (=have a car and pay for the petrol, repairs etc it needs)People on low incomes can’t afford to run a car.take the car (=use a car to go somewhere)Is it all right if I take the car this evening?park a carShe parked the car by the side of the road.back/reverse a car (=make it move backwards)Suzy backed the car into the driveway.lose control of the car (=no longer be able to control its direction)He lost control of the car on a sharp bend.a car passes/overtakes somebodyA small black car overtook me on my left.a car drives off/awayThe police car drove off at top speed.a car pulls out (=moves away from the side of the road)A car suddenly pulled out in front of me.a car slows downThe car slowed down and stopped outside our house.a car pulls up (=stops)Why’s that police car pulling up here?a car pulls over (=stops on the side of a road)a car breaks down (=stops working because something is wrong with it)On the way home on the motorway the car broke down.a car stalls (=stops working for a short time until you start it again)My car stalled at the traffic lights.a car hits something/crashes into somethingI saw the car leave the road and hit a tree.a car skids (=slides sideways in a way you cannot control)If it’s icy, the car might skid.car + NOUNa car crash/accident (also a car wreck American English)He was involved in a car crash.a car parkShe couldn’t find a space in the car park.a car door/engine/key etcShe left the car engine running.the car industryThe car industry suffers in times of economic decline.a car manufacturer/makerHe works for the German car manufacturer, Mercedes.a car driverEvery year 1500 car drivers and passengers die in road accidents.a car dealer (=someone who buys and sells used cars)Car dealers reported a 4% drop in sales. a car chaseThe best bit in the movie was the car chase through the city.car crime British EnglishCar crime in the area has risen rapidly.a car bomb (=a bomb hidden in or under a car)A car bomb exploded killing 33 people.ADJECTIVES/NOUNS + cara used/second-hand car (=one that is not new)The company locates suitable new and used cars for buyers.a sports car (=a low fast car)He was driving a red sports car.an estate car British English (=one with a door at the back and folding seats)Once you have children, an estate car is very useful.a racing car (also a race car American English)He became a racing car driver.a police carThe vehicle was being chased by a police car.a company car (=one that your company gives you to use)She was given a company car.a hire car British English, a rental car American EnglishWe picked up a hire car at the airport.