Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage


2 verb
gear2 [transitive]

be geared to somebody/something

to be organized in a way that is suitable for a particular purpose or situation:
The typical career pattern was geared to men whose wives didn't work.
be geared to do something
The course curriculum is geared to span three years.

gear up

phrasal verb
to prepare for something
gear up for
The organization is gearing up for a convention in May.
gear up/be geared up to do something
Fast food restaurants are geared up to serve thousands of people daily.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary