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noun box pronunciation in British English /bɒks/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a container with straight sides, a flat base, and sometimes a lid

    Read the instructions before taking it out of its box.

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    1. a.
      the things in a box, or the amount that a box contains

      Jim gave us some chocolates, and we ate the whole box.

      box of:

      a box of matches

  2. 2
    [countable] a space on a printed form, in which you write

    Tick the boxes that apply to you.

    1. a.
      a space on a computer screen, where you can read or write a particular type of information

      the dialog/error box

  3. 4

    the box

    British informal the television

    Is there anything on the box tonight?

  4. 7
    [countable/uncountable] a tree with small shiny leaves that people grow especially around the edges of their gardens

    a box hedge

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  5. 8
    [countable] informal a coffin for a dead body
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  6. 9
    [countable] British a telephone box


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