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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bed /bɛd/USA pronunciation
n., v., bed•ded, bed•ding.
Furniture[countable] a piece of furniture on which one sleeps or rests:The hotel room had two double beds.
[uncountable] the act of or time for sleeping:It's time for bed!
[countable] an area of ground for growing plants:a flower bed.
Geography[countable] the bottom of a body of water:the sea bed.
[countable] an area on the bottom of a body of water that has a supply of plant or animal life: an oyster bed.
v. [~ + object]
to provide with or put to a bed:We bedded them for a week.
- Idiomsget up on the wrong side of the bed, to be cranky and fussy from the moment one awakes:He's mean today; he must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
go to bed, [no object]
- to retire, esp. for the night:They're really tired, let them go to bed.
- Idioms go to bed with, [~ + object] to have sexual relations with:He just wants to go to bed with you.
- beneath the covers of a bed:still in bed at two in the afternoon.
- having sexual intercourse:found him in bed with his secretary.
- Idioms make a bed, to fit a bed with sheets and blankets.
an abbreviation of: Bachelor of Education.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bed /bɛd/ n
vb (beds, bedding, bedded)
- a piece of furniture on which to sleep
- the mattress and bedclothes on such a piece of furniture: an unmade bed
- sleep or rest: time for bed
- any place in which a person or animal sleeps or rests
- a unit of potential occupancy in a hospital or residential institution
- informal sexual intercourse
- a plot of ground in which plants are grown, esp when considered together with the plants in it
- the bottom of a river, lake, or sea
- a part of this used for cultivation of a plant or animal: oyster beds
- a layer of crushed rock, gravel, etc, used as a foundation for a road, railway, etc
- any underlying structure or part
- a layer of rock, esp sedimentary rock
- go to bed ⇒ (often followed by with) to have sexual intercourse (with)
- (of a newspaper, magazine, etc) to go to press; start printing
- in bed with ⇒ informal cooperating closely with (another person, organization, government, etc.) esp covertly
- put to bed ⇒ to finalize work on (a newspaper, magazine, etc) so that it is ready to go to press
- take to one's bed ⇒ to remain in bed, esp because of illness
Etymology: Old English bedd; related to Old Norse bethr, Old High German betti, Gothic badi
- (usually followed by down) to go to or put into a place to sleep or rest
- (transitive) to have sexual intercourse with
- (transitive) to place, fix, or sink firmly into position; embed
- to form or be arranged in a distinct layer; stratify
- (transitive) often followed by out: to plant in a bed of soil
BEd abbreviation for
- Bachelor of Education