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noun water pronunciation in British English /ˈwɔːtə(r)/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the clear liquid that falls as rain and is used for things such as drinking and washing

    Soldiers were able to get food and water across the border.

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

    Just add water to the cake mix.

    a glass of water

    sparkling/carbonated water (=water for drinking that has gas added to it)

    1. a.
      the supply of water to homes and buildings

      the monthly water bill

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      See also  running water
  2. 2
    [uncountable] an area of water such as a lake or sea

    From the hotel there's a beautiful view of the water.

    The hotel grounds slope gently down to the water.

    by water (=by boat):

    Island residents have their mail delivered by water.

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    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the surface of a lake or the sea

      The water was calm and still.

      swimming under the water

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    2. b.


      [plural] an area of water that belongs to a particular place, state, country etc

      The boat sailed into international waters.

      British fishing waters

      the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea

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  3. 3


    [plural] used for talking about a particular type of situation

    young couples thrown headfirst into the unknown waters of parenthood

    stormy/turbulent etc waters (=a difficult situation):

    There seemed to be stormy waters ahead for the government.

    murky waters (=a mysterious or frightening situation):

    Someone mentions drugs and the waters turn very murky.



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