geargear1 /ɡɪə $ ɡɪr/ ●●○S3 noun 🔊 🔊 1in cars etc [countable, uncountable]TTC the machinery in a vehicle such as a car, truck, or bicycle that you use to go comfortably at different speeds 🔊 His mountain bike had 18 gears. 🔊 Andy drove cautiously along in third gear. 🔊 Does this thing have a reverse gear? 🔊 Any cyclist can climb a difficult hill; you just change gear. 🔊 Don’t turn off the engine while you’re still in gear. 🔊 It’s a good habit to take the car out of gear while you’re at a stoplight.2[countable, uncountable] used to talk about the amount of effort and energy that someone is using in a situation 🔊 During this period, Japan’s export industries were in top gear (=were as active as they could be). 🔊 The Republican’s propaganda machine moved into high gear.step up a gear British English (=increase the level of effort) 🔊 United stepped up a gear in the second half.3 →change gear4equipment [uncountable]TEQUIPMENT a set of equipment or tools you need for a particular activity 🔊 He’s crazy about photography – he’s got all the gear. 🔊 We’ll need some camping gear.5clothesDCC [uncountable] a set of clothes that you wear for a particular occasion or activity 🔊 Bring your rain gear. 🔊 police in riot gear► see thesaurus at clothes6machineryTEM [uncountable] a piece of machinery that performs a particular job 🔊 the landing gear of a plane 🔊 heavy lifting gear7drugs [uncountable] British English informalMDD a word meaning illegaldrugs, used by people who take drugs8 →get your ass in gearCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesfirst/second/third etc gearThe heavy traffic meant that we seldom got out of second gear.a low gear (=first or second gear)You should use a low gear when going up a hill.a high gear (=third, fourth, or fifth gear)Put the car into a higher gear.top gear British English (=the highest gear)Hamilton slipped effortlessly into top gear.bottom gear British English (=the lowest gear)The car trundled slowly forward in bottom gear.reverse gear (=for driving backwards)He put the truck into reverse gear.verbschange gear (also switch/shift gears American English)It takes some time to learn when to change gear.put the car etc into (first/second/third etc) gearHe put the car into gear, and they moved slowly forwards.engage first/second etc gear (=put the car into gear)Nick struggled to engage first gear.be in the wrong gearThe straining noises from the engine told him that he was in the wrong gear.crunch/grind the gears (=change gear in a way that makes an unpleasant noise)He crunched the gears into reverse.
gear• The four speed gearbox seems to be very high geared.• Reward systems, promotions and a sense of identity are individually geared and generated.• Clothes, styles, music, and movies, are all geared for their specific market and enjoyment.• Eliminatenarrow job-training programs, those geared to low-wage, low-skill occupations, and those that do not reflect labor-market needs.• This revamping is geared toward helping workersadapt to changing times.• It will be gearing up this year, but is unlikely to repeat the 1991 rights issue.• A three-week strikemeant a four-week delay by the time everybody was geared up to return to work.From Longman Business Dictionarygeargear1 /gɪəgɪr/ noun [uncountable]1special equipment or clothing used for a particular purposeWe manufacture airplane landing gear and other aerospace parts.Police in riot gear (=special clothing that protects them if they are attacked) stopped demonstrators getting anywhere near the G8 conference.2in/into high/top gearCOMMERCE if an activity moves into high gear, it becomes much more important, and people put more effort into making it succeedThe alliance with Mattel is part of Disney’s strategy to keep its merchandising efforts in top gear.3in/into low gearCOMMERCE if a financial or industrial activity is in low gear, it is not growing, or it is not at a high levelThe country’s economy has been stuck in low gear since 1992.Wall Street shifted into low gear (=started working more slowly than usual) ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.geargear2 verb [transitive]1be geared at/to/towards to be designed or organized in a way that is suitable for a particular purposeFiji’s policies are geared towards reducing reliance on sugar exports and tourism.Honda’s latest advertisements are geared at consumers who normally prefer buying American trucks and cars.2be geared to to be connected to something, so that if one thing changes, so does the otherThey were borrowing large sums that weregeared to interest rates that might rise.The minimum notice period is geared to the length of time you have been employed. →gear up→ See Verb table