lunchlunch1 /lʌntʃ/ ●●●S1W2 noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1DFa mealeaten in the middle of the day 🔊 What’s for lunch? 🔊 I've just had lunch with John.at lunch 🔊 I’m afraid he’s at lunch until two.over lunch 🔊 A dozen senators met over lunch with the Chinese ambassador.GRAMMAR: Patterns with lunchfor lunch• You eat something for lunch: I had chicken for lunch.✗Don’t say: I had chicken on lunch. | I had chicken at lunch.at lunch• You use at lunch to talk about something that happens while you are eating lunch: We can talk about it at lunch.• You also use at lunch to say that someone has gone somewhere else to eat lunch: I went to see her, but she was at lunch.2 →there’s no (such thing as a) free lunch3 →out to lunchCOLLOCATIONSverbshave lunchHave you had lunch?eat lunchWhat time do you usually eat lunch?have something for lunchI usually have sandwiches for lunch.take somebody (out) to lunch (=pay for someone else's lunch when you go to a restaurant)He took her out for lunch at a local pub.go out for/to lunch (=have lunch at a restaurant)I don't often go out to lunch, as it's expensive.come for/to lunch (=come to someone's house for lunch)Can you come to lunch tomorrow?break for lunch (=stop doing something in order to eat lunch)Why don't we break for lunch about 1 o'clock?make lunchYou clear the table while I make lunch.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + luncha light lunch (=a small lunch)After a light lunch, he would take a nap each afternoon.a packed lunch British English, a bag/sack lunch American English (=food such as sandwiches that you take to school etc)Most of the children had brought packed lunches.a business/working lunch (=a lunch during which you also do business)She was having a business lunch with a customer.a school lunch (=a lunch provided by a school)Free school lunches are provided for the poorest children.Sunday lunch British English (=a hot lunch eaten on Sunday)Mum always cooks a chicken for Sunday lunch.lunch + NOUNa lunch break (=a time when you stop working to eat lunch)We took a half hour lunch break.the lunch hour (=the time when people stop working to eat lunch)I try to go out for a walk during my lunch hour.a lunch date (=when you meet someone for lunch)I've got a lunch date.
lunchlunch2 verb [intransitive] formal 🔊 🔊 DFto eat lunchlunch with 🔊 I will be lunching with a client.lunch on 🔊 I lunched on bread and olives.lunch at/in 🔊 We lunched at Maxim’s.→ See Verb table
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lunch• You ask him to lunch at a poshrestaurant.• We often lunched together after her weeklyconsultation.• He had lunched with the Wellands, hoping afterward to carry off May for a walk iii the Park.• Shelley promises to lunch with them once she has got her things from the car.lunch at/in• They ate lunch in a shady restaurant and then Leary went back to his flower-hung villa.• She returned from lunch at ten to two in a happierframe of mind.• Arrangements are under way for the hosting of a lunch at the 1992 Autumn meeting in Dublin.• The tour includes lunch at the GrandHotel and guests take a carriageride on Mackinac Island.• The following morning, those friends rang to offer us Christmas lunch at their place with her sister and brother-in-law.From Longman Business Dictionarylunchlunch /lʌntʃ/ noun [countable]1a meal eaten in the middle of the dayfacilities for conferences and private business lunches (=when business people go to lunch to discuss things or entertain customers)He has working lunches (=when you discuss business and eat) with his team to develop their approach.It is important that the office is manned during thelunch hour (=the time when people eat lunch).2there’s no such thing as a free lunch informal used to say that something may seem free, but that you have to pay for it in the end3three-martini lunch informal a lunch that is supposed to be a working lunch, but where people enjoy themselves too much to do any work