waterwa‧ter1 /ˈwɔːtə $ ˈwɒːtər, ˈwɑː-/ ●●●S1W1 noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1liquidDNWATER the clearliquid without colour, smell, or taste that falls as rain and that is used for drinking, washing etc 🔊 There’s water all over the bathroom floor. 🔊 Does anyone want a drink of water? 🔊 a glass of sparkling mineral water 🔊 All rooms have hot and cold running water. 🔊 Pour boiling water over the rice and let it soak. 🔊 a fresh water spring 🔊 When dealing with a burst pipe, always turn off the water first. 🔊 contamination of the local water supply2area of watera)DNWATERan area of water such as the sea, a lake etcshallow/deep water 🔊 Rangoon is surrounded on three sides by water. 🔊 Denzil dived into the water. 🔊 He stepped down to the water’s edge.by water (=by boat) 🔊 The temple can only be reached by water.b)DNWATERthe surface of a lake, river etc → underwateron the water 🔊 something floating on the water3 →waters4 →high/low water5 →uncharted/troubled/murky waters6 →be (all) water under the bridge7 →like water8 →like water off a duck’s back9 →somebody’s waters break10 →water on the brain/knee11 →take the waters12 →make/pass water →soda water, toilet water, → in deep waterat deep1(15), → take to something like a duck to waterat duck1(4), → of the first waterat first1(18), → (be/feel) like a fish out of waterat fish1(3), → not hold waterat hold1(37), → in hot waterat hot1(9), → muddy the watersat muddy2(2), → pour cold water over/on somethingat pour(6), → still waters run deepat still2(5), → test the waterat test2(7), → tread waterat tread1(5), → troubled watersat troubled(3)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + water drinking water (=water that you can drink safely)There is no source of drinking water on the island.tap water (=water that comes out of a tap)The tap water is not safe to drink.bottled water (=water to drink that you buy in bottles)Sales of bottled water have rocketed.mineral water (=water that has natural substances in it, and is sold in bottles)The mineral water comes from the Scottish mountain.spring water (=water that comes naturally out of the ground and has not been treated with any chemicals, usually sold in bottles)I ordered a glass of spring water.running water (=water that comes out of a system of pipes into buildings)Only half the city’s houses had running water.fresh water (=water in lakes, rivers etc that does not contain salt)This bird is usually found in open country near fresh water.salt water (=water from the sea, or water to which salt has been added)He washed his hands in a pool of salt water.hard (=containing a lot of calcium)Hard water is formed as rainwater passes down through layers of limestone.soft (=not containing much calcium)In our area the water is quite soft.hotThere isn't any hot water!coldThe water in the pool was pretty cold.lukewarm (=only slightly warm)Stir the yeast into lukewarm water.cleanMillions of people do not have access to clean drinking water.dirtyDiseases can be spread by dirty water.contaminated (=water that has harmful substances in it)They became ill from drinking contaminated water.soapyWash your hands with hot soapy water.water + NOUNthe water supply (=water and the lakes, reservoirs etc where it is stored )A dam was built to improve the water supply.a water shortageThere is a severe water shortage in many parts of the country.phrasesa glass of waterShe poured herself a glass of water.a drink of waterHe asked for a drink of water.verbsturn the water off/on (=turn a tap to stop water coming out of pipes or to let it come out)Turn the water off while you're brushing your teeth.water runsI let the cool water run down my back.water flowsWe watched the water flow under the bridge.
waterwater2 ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1plant/land [transitive]TAWATER if you water plants or the ground they are growing in, you pour water on them 🔊 Will you water my houseplants while I’m away? 🔊 The garden needs watering daily.2 →your eyes water3animal [transitive]TADHP to give an animal water to drink 🔊 Have the horses been fed and watered?4river [transitive] technicalSGWATER if an area is watered by a river, the river flows through it and provides it with water 🔊 Colombia is watered by several rivers. Grammar Water is usually passive in this meaning.5weaken [transitive] (also water down)DFDWATER to add water to a drink to make it less strong →water something ↔ down→ See Verb table