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noun bed pronunciation in British English /bed/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a piece of furniture that you sleep on, consisting of a soft comfortable part called a mattress and a base
    double/single bed: The room had two single beds in it.
    out of/in bed: It’s midnight – why aren’t you in bed?
    get out of bed (=get up): I never get out of bed before 10 am.
    go to bed: I’ll get home at 11 pm and go straight to bed.
    put someone to bed: Sam was upstairs putting the children to bed.
    make the/my/your etc bed (=tidy its covers after you have slept in it): Why can’t you kids make your own beds?
    1. a.
      anything that is used by a person or animal for sleeping on
      The dog’s bed is in the kitchen.
      He made himself a bed of straw.
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] the ground at the bottom of a sea or river
    a dried-up river bed
    fish that live close to the sea bed
  3. 3
    [countable] an area of ground that has been dug for growing plants and flowers
    a circular bed in the middle of the lawn
    See also flowerbed
  4. 4
    [singular] a layer of food on which you put other food
    bed of: prawns served on a bed of lettuce



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