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verb land pronunciation in American English /lænd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelanding
past tenselanded
past participlelanded
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to arrive at a place by plane or boat
    It was after midnight by the time we landed.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to arrive somewhere, especially unexpectedly or in a way that causes problems
      land on/in: The whole family landed on my doorstep for the weekend.
      Thousands of letters a week were landing on his desk.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if a plane or boat lands people or goods somewhere, it brings them there
      Motorboats landed supplies along the beaches.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if an aircraft lands, it comes down to the ground
    The plane landed a couple of hours before dawn.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to come down to the ground or to a surface after moving or falling through the air
      She was uninjured after landing in the snow.
      land on/in/under: The hawk landed on a fence post near the road.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to bring a plane down to the ground
      The pilot was able to land the plane safely.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to get something that you wanted, especially a job or opportunity
    At age 19 she landed a small role in a Broadway play.
    land a job: He was hoping to land the job on a permanent basis.
  4. 4



    land up

    [intransitive/transitive] informal to be in an unpleasant situation or place, or to cause someone to be in an unpleasant situation or place
    land in: She landed up in the hospital with a broken leg.
    land someone in something: His recklessness could land him in prison.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to catch a fish and pull it out of the water
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