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noun     water pronunciation in American English
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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

  2. 2
    [uncountable] an area of water such as a lake or ocean

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

    San Francisco is right on the water.

    by water (=by boat):

    Island residents have their mail delivered by water.

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

      The water was calm and still.

      swimming under the water

    2. b.


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

      Cuban waters

      the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea

  3. 3


    [plural] used for talking about a particular type of situation
    stormy/turbulent etc. waters (=a difficult situation):

    There seemed to be stormy waters ahead for the administration.

    murky waters (=a mysterious or frightening situation):

    Someone mentions drugs and the waters turn very murky.

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