bed - definition and synonyms


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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

    1. a.
      [countable] an area in a river, lake, or ocean where there are a lot of plants or animals of a particular kind
  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

  5. 5
    [countable] a layer of rock that is inside a larger area of rock