- 1 [intransitive, transitive] (formal) to get on a ship, train, plane, bus, etc. Passengers are waiting to board. board something The ship was boarded by customs officials. See related entries: Plane travel, Train and bus travel, Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
- 2 [intransitive] be boarding when a plane or ship is boarding, it is ready for passengers to get on Flight BA193 for Paris is now boarding at Gate 37. See related entries: Plane travel, Parts of boats and ships live somewhere
- 3[intransitive] board at…/with somebody to live and take meals in somebody’s home, in return for payment She always had one or two students boarding with her. He boarded at his aunt’s house until he found a place of his own.
- 4[intransitive] to live at a school during the school year Wordfinderairport, baggage reclaim, board, check-in, gate, immigration, lounge, passport, security, terminal Word Origin Old English bord, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boord and German Bort; reinforced in Middle English by Old French bort
get on plane/ship, etc.
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BrE BrE//bɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːrd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they board
BrE BrE//bɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːrd//he / she / it boards
BrE BrE//bɔːdz//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːrdz//past simple boarded
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪd//past participle boarded
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪd//-ing form boarding
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪŋ//Plane travel, Train and bus travel, Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship