American English

Definition of land verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they land
    he / she / it lands
    past simple landed
    -ing form landing
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    of bird/plane/insect
  1. 1[intransitive] to come down through the air onto the ground or another surface The plane landed safely. A fly landed on his nose. opposite take off
  2. of pilot
  3. 2[transitive] land something to bring a plane down to the ground in a controlled way The pilot landed the plane safely.
  4. arrive in plane/boat
  5. 3[intransitive] to arrive somewhere in a plane or a boat We will be landing shortly. Please fasten your seatbelts. The troops landed at dawn. They were the first men to land on the moon. The ferry is due to land at 3 o'clock.
  6. 4[transitive] land somebody/something to put someone or something on land from an aircraft, a boat, etc. The troops were landed by helicopter.
  7. fall to ground
  8. 5[intransitive] to come down to the ground after jumping, falling, or being thrown I fell and landed heavily at the bottom of the stairs. A large stone landed right beside him.
  9. difficulties
  10. 6[intransitive] + adv./prep. to arrive somewhere and cause difficulties that have to be dealt with Why do complaints always land on my desk (= why do I always have to deal with them)?
  11. job
  12. 7[transitive] (informal) to succeed in getting a job, etc., especially one that a lot of other people want land something He's just landed a starring role in Spielberg's next movie. land somebody/yourself something She's just landed herself a company directorship.
  13. fish
  14. 8[transitive] land something to catch a fish and bring it out of the water on to the land
  15. Idioms
    land a blow, punch, etc.
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    to succeed in hitting someone or something She landed a punch on his chin.
    land on your feet
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    to be lucky in finding yourself in a good situation, or in getting out of a difficult situation You landed on your feet, getting such a well-paid job with so little experience.
    Phrasal Verbsland in somethingland somebody/yourself with something/somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: land