space - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/speɪs/
singularspace
pluralspaces
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an empty or available area

    We replaced the bath with a shower to create more space.

    Every space on the walls is covered with pictures.

    a confined/limited/enclosed space (=a small space):

    Their voices sounded loud in the confined space.

    space for:

    The nursery has space for 48 children.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] an area of land where there are no buildings

      What we really need is more green spaces in cities.

      open space:

      policies to protect, enhance, and create open space

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the area that is available on a computer for storing information

      These applications don’t take up huge amounts of hard disk space.

    3. c.
      [uncountable] an area that exists in a particular part of a building

      a two-storey building with 3,000 square metres of floor space

      In summer the roof space is very hot.

  2. 2
    [countable] an empty area between things

    Leave a space of about two feet.

    space between:

    You can grow seeds in the spaces between the plants.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] an area used for a particular purpose

    a parking space

    I only have a small working space.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the whole of the universe outside the Earth’s atmosphere

    man’s ventures into space

    a space mission

    in space:

    The crew have been living in space for over three months.

    See also seed1
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the area in which everything exists

    The idea that space and time were curved was still controversial.

  6. 6
    [countable] an empty area that you leave between words, lines, or paragraphs

    Leave one line space between the paragraphs.

    1. a.
      a place on a form where you write something

      Write your name and address in the spaces below.

    2. b.
      the width of one letter of the alphabet when you are typing

      Move the cursor two spaces to the right.

  7. 7
    [uncountable] the amount of space that is available for publishing something such as an article or advertisement
  8. 8
    [uncountable] time and freedom to do things how and when you want, especially in your relationships with other people

    The children were given little personal space or privacy.

    See also breathing space
  9. 9
    [singular] a period of time
    space of time:

    It was an amazing achievement in such a short space of time.

    in/within the space of:

    In the space of 36 hours, I had travelled halfway round the world.