Definition of carpet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    carpet

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪt//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they carpet
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪt//
     
    he / she / it carpets
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪts//
     
    past simple carpeted
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪtɪd//
     
    past participle carpeted
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form carpeting
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1carpet something to cover the floor of a room with a carpet The hall was carpeted in blue.
  2. 2carpet something (with/in something) (literary) to cover something with a thick layer of something The forest floor was carpeted with wild flowers.
  3. 3carpet somebody (informal, especially British English) to speak angrily to somebody because they have done something wrong synonym reprimand Senior officials were carpeted for leaking information to the press.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a thick fabric used as a cover for a table or bed): from Old French carpite or medieval Latin carpita, from obsolete Italian carpita ‘woollen counterpane’, based on Latin carpere ‘pluck, pull to pieces’.
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