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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gar•den /ˈgɑrdən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a plot or area of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are grown.
  2. [often plural] a piece of ground or other space used as a park or other public recreation area.
  3. a fertile and delightful spot or region:a garden in the wilderness.

adj. [before a noun]
  • relating to, produced in, or suitable for growing or use in a garden:garden vegetables.

  • v. [no object]
  • to cultivate a garden:loves to garden.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomslead (someone) down or up the garden path, to mislead through false hopes or promises of reward;
      delude.

    gar•den•er, n. [countable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    gar•den  (gärdn), 
    n. 
  • a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
  • a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area:a public garden.
  • a fertile and delightful spot or region.
  • [Brit.]yard2 (def. 1).

  • adj. 
  • pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden:fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
  • garden-variety.
  • Idiomslead up or down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way;
    lead on;
    delude:The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.

  • v.i. 
  • to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.

  • v.t. 
  • to cultivate as a garden.
  • Etymology:
    • Gmc; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2
    • Old North French gardin, Old French jardin
    • Middle English gardin 1300–50
    garden•a•ble, adj. 
    garden•less, adj. 
    garden•like′, adj. 

    Gar•den  (gärdn), 
    n. 
    MonarchyMary, 1877–1967, U.S. soprano.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    garden /ˈɡɑːdən/ n
    1. Brit an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house
      US and Canadian word: yard
    2. (as modifier): a garden chair
    3. an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
    4. (as modifier): garden tools
      Related adjective(s): horticultural
    5. (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
    6. a fertile and beautiful region
    7. (as modifier): a garden paradise
    8. (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
    9. lead a person up the garden pathinformal to mislead or deceive a person
    adj
    1. common or gardeninformal ordinary; unexceptional
    vb
    1. to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)

    ˈgardenless adj ˈgarden-ˌlike adj



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