land - definition and synonyms


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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.
      [transitive] if a plane or boat lands people or goods somewhere, it brings them there
    2. b.
      [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. 2
    [intransitive] if an aircraft lands, it comes down to the ground

    The plane landed a couple of hours before dawn.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to bring a plane down to the ground

      The pilot was able to land the plane safely.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to come down to the ground or to a surface after moving or falling through the air
      land on/in/under:

      The hawk landed on a fence post near the road.

      She was uninjured after landing in the snow.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to get something that you wanted, especially a job or opportunity

    At the age of 19 she landed a small role in a West End 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 hospital with a broken leg.

    land someone in something:

    His recklessness could land him in real trouble.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to catch a fish and pull it out of the water
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