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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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toilettoi‧let /ˈtɔɪlɪt/ ●●● S2 noun  1 toilet.jpg [countable]DH a large bowl that you sit on to get rid of waste liquid or waste matter from your body He flushed the toilet (=pulled the handle so that water ran into the toilet to clean it).2 [countable] British EnglishTBB a room or building containing a toilet syn bathroom, restroom American English public toilets3 go to the toilet4 [uncountable] old-fashionedPUT ON CLOTHES the act of washing and dressing yourself She finished her toilet.COLLOCATIONSverbsgo to the toilet (also use the toilet especially British English)He got up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night.need the toilet British English (=need to use the toilet)Does anyone need the toilet before we set off?flush the toilet (=make water go through it to clean it)I heard someone flush the toilet.adjectivesa public toilet especially British EnglishHe set off across the square in search of a public toilet.a disabled toilet British English (=one for disabled people)Is there a disabled toilet?an outside toilet (=one that is outside a house, not in it)The house was small, with no hot water and an outside toilet.an indoor toiletMany cottages lacked a bathroom or indoor toilet.toilet + NOUNtoilet facilitiesToilet facilities are available at the bus station.the toilet seatHe always left the toilet seat up.the toilet bowlShe was scrubbing the toilet bowl.COMMON ERRORSDon’t say ‘go to toilet’. Say go to the toilet.THESAURUStoilet British English a room with a toilet in it, in someone’s house or in a public placeHe locked himself in the toilet.the public toiletsbathroom a room with a toilet in it, in someone’s house. In British English, bathroom is used especially when you want to be polite. In American English, it is the usual word to useHe asked to use the bathroom.restroom American English a room in a public place that has one or more toilets in itShe went into the store to use the restroom.lavatory formal a room with a toilet in it. In American English lavatory is used mainly for toilets in a public building or on a plane. In British English it is used both about public toilets and toilets in people’s housespublic lavatoriesHe didn’t have time to visit the lavatory.loo British English informal, john American English informal a room with a toilet in it. Loo is very common in everyday spoken British English‘Where’s Chris?’ ‘He’s in the loo.’Can I use your loo?Where’s the john?bog British English informal a very informal word for a toilet, which is not considered politeThe nearest bog was miles away.the ladies British English, the ladies’ room American English a public toilet for womenWhere’s the ladies?I need to go to the ladies’ room.the gents British English, the men’s room American English a public toilet for menI followed him into the gents.I’ve got to go to the men’s room. Excuse me.latrine an outdoor toilet in a camp or military areaThe latrines were in a shocking state.urinal a type of toilet for men that is attached to a wallHe was standing at the urinal.potty a bowl that babies use as a toiletDoes he need his potty? commode a chair with a bowl in it, used as a toilet, especially in hospitals and homes for old peopleShe has to use a commode.bedpan a container which is used as a toilet, especially in hospitals by people who are too ill or weak to get out of bedI had to change the bedpans.
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toiletThey also found $ 9,200 in cash, $ 5,000 of that in a toilet tank.There's a huge queue in the ladies' toilets.It has inadequate parking and only very limited toilet facilities.And a pair of slightly raised footrests were positioned for comfortably squatting over the low toilet bowl.Pat refuses to use the public toilets in this country because they are always so dirty.In a few instances, community education buildings have been adapted with deaf-loops, ramps, toilets, and stair lifts."Where's the toilet?" "Downstairs on the right."
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