American English

Definition of red adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (redder, reddest)
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  1. 1having the color of blood or fire a red car The light (= traffic light) changed to red before I could get across.
  2. 2(of the eyes) bloodshot (= with thin lines of blood in them) or surrounded by red or very pink skin Her eyes were red from crying.
  3. 3(of the face) bright red or pink, especially because you are angry, embarrassed, or ashamed He babbled something and got very red in the face. She was red as a beet.
  4. 4(of hair or an animal's fur) red-brown in color a red-haired girl red deer see also redhead
  5. 5(informal) (sometimes disapproving) (politics) having very left-wing political opinions
  6. 6(politics) (of an area in the U.S.) having more people who vote for the Republican candidate than the Democratic one red states/counties opposite blue
    noun [uncountable, singular] You may notice redness and swelling after the injection.
  8. Idioms
    like waving a red flag in front of a bull
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    something that is likely to make someone very angry
    paint the town (red) (informal)
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    to go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc. and enjoy yourself
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: red