American English

Definition of hood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a part of a coat, etc. that you can pull up to cover the back and top of your head a jacket with a detachable hood
  2. 2a piece of cloth put over someone's face and head so that they cannot be recognized or so that they cannot see
  3. 3a piece of colored silk or fur worn over an academic gown to show the kind of degree held by the person wearing it
  4. 4the metal part over the front of a vehicle, usually covering the engine Topic CollocationsDrivinghaving a car have/own a car ride a motorcycle/moped/scooter drive/use/prefer an automatic/a manual/a stick shift have/get your car fixed/repaired/looked at buy/sell a used car take/pass/fail a driver's test/road test/knowledge test get/obtain/have/lose/carry a/your driver's license/learner's permitdriving put on/fasten/buckle/wear/undo your seat belt put/turn/leave the key in the ignition start the car/engine change/shift gears shift/put the car into gear/neutral/drive/park press/put your foot on the brake pedal/clutch/accelerator release the clutch/the emergency brake/the parking brake drive/park/reverse the car signal that you are turning left/right take/miss the turn apply/hit/slam on the brake(s) beep/honk your hornproblems and accidents a car skids/crashes (into something)/collides (with something) swerve to avoid an oncoming car/a pedestrian crash/lose control of the car have/be in/be killed in/survive a (car) crash/a (car) wreck/an accident/a hit-and-run be run over/hit by a car/bus/truck dent/hit the hood/trunk/door/side panel/bumper/fender break/crack/shatter the windshield blow/puncture a tire get/have a flat tire inflate/change/replace/check a tiretraffic and driving regulations be caught in/get stuck in/sit in a traffic jam cause congestion/traffic jams/gridlock/backups experience/face lengthy delays beat/avoid the traffic/the rush hour exceed/observe/drive the speed limit be caught by a speed camera stop somebody for/pull somebody over for speeding (informal) run a red light/the lights be arrested for/charged with drunk driving/driving under the influence (DUI)/driving while intoxicated (DWI) be banned from driving have your license suspended/taken away/ (informal) pulled
  5. 5a cover placed over a device or machine, for example, to protect it a lens hood an extractor hood (= one that removes cooking smells from a kitchen)
  6. 6(slang) = hoodlum
  7. 7'hood (slang) a neighborhood, especially a person's own neighborhood
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hood