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seal

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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sealseal1 /siːl/ ●●○ S3 noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 seal.jpg HBAa large sea animal that eats fish and lives around coasts2 SIGN/SYMBOL a) a mark that has a special design and shows the legal or official authority of a person or organization πŸ”Š The document carried the seal of the governor’s office. b) the object that is used to make this mark3 a piece of rubber or plastic that keeps air, water, dirt etc out of somethingairtight/watertight seal πŸ”Š an airtight seal around the windows4 a piece of wax, paper, wire etc that you have to break in order to open a container, document etc5 β†’ seal of approval6 β†’ set the seal on something
Examples from the Corpus
sealβ€’ This is the reason you will notice jar lids advertising airtight seals and warning against consumption when the seal is broken.β€’ an airtight sealβ€’ We will be protecting and reinforcing the existing sewer with an additional concrete seal around it.β€’ stationery decorated with the Texas state sealβ€’ To the old farm for lunch, but what about the seals?β€’ Most of the seals were nevertheless made of bone, ivory, steatite, banded agate, or orange carnelian.β€’ The Tories' overwhelming victory in 1987 appeared to set the seal upon the triumph of bourgeois capitalism.β€’ Check that the seal on the medicine has not been broken.airtight/watertight sealβ€’ These gaiters cover the whole boot and have a rubber rand which gives a watertight seal.β€’ This is the reason you will notice jar lids advertising airtight seals and warning against consumption when the seal is broken.β€’ By this method an airtight seal was made.
sealseal2 ●●○ verb [transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 (also seal up)SHUT/CLOSE to close an entrance or a container with something that stops air, water etc from coming in or out of it πŸ”Š The window was sealed shut.seal a joint/crack/opening/gap πŸ”Š A quick way to seal awkward gaps is to use a foam filler. πŸ”Š Dried milk is kept in hermetically sealed (=very tightly closed) containers.β–Ί see thesaurus at close2 if a building, area, or country is sealed, no one can enter or leave it πŸ”Š Authorities plan to seal the border.3 SHUT/CLOSEto close an envelope, package etc by using something sticky to hold its edges in place πŸ”Š He wrote the address and sealed the envelope.4 to cover the surface of something with something that will protect it πŸ”Š Wooden decks should be sealed to prevent cracking.5 β†’ seal somebody’s fate6 β†’ seal a deal/bargain/pact etc7 β†’ seal a victory/win/match β†’ somebody’s lips are sealed at lip(5), β†’ all signed and sealed at sign2(6) β†’ seal something ↔ in β†’ seal something ↔ offβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
sealβ€’ In this experiment, the chamber must be completely sealed.β€’ By the time they did, it would be years too late, and their fate would be sealed.β€’ The fix is to seal all seams in your ducts in the basement with duct tape.β€’ The Texas Supreme Court will consider a case next month that could seal another entire realm of information: district attorney files.β€’ Newman watched him stuffing banknotes into the envelope, sealing it, writing on the front.β€’ And tonight they would seal that love together.β€’ Folly cut the tape that sealed the box nearest to her and pulled off the lid.β€’ She sealed the box with clear tape.β€’ If you seal the jars well, the jam will keep for months or even years.β€’ Each is a hermetically sealed universe, bumping off the others with very little cross-pollination.β€’ The doorway had been sealed up with bricks.β€’ Bricks should be sealed with a masonry stabiliser, while wood should be waxed, varnished or painted.seal a joint/crack/opening/gapβ€’ Push-fit or ring seal joints are simple to make.
From Longman Business Dictionarysealseal1 /siːl/ noun [countable] a mark that has a special design and shows the legal or official authority of a person or organizationthe Presidential seal β†’ common seal β†’ company sealsealseal2 verb seal a deal/agreement/promise etcCOMMERCE to do something that makes a deal, agreement etc formal and definiteA handshake sealed the deal.β†’ See Verb table
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Verb table
seal
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyseal
he, she, itseals
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysealed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sealed
he, she, ithas sealed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sealed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill seal
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sealed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sealing
he, she, itis sealing
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you, we, theyare sealing
Past
I, he, she, itwas sealing
you, we, theywere sealing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sealing
he, she, ithas been sealing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sealing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sealing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sealing
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