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

      

    channel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they channel
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænl//
     
    he / she / it channels
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænlz//
     
    past simple channelled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    past participle channelled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    (especially US English) past simple channeled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    (especially US English) past participle channeled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænld//
     
    -ing form channelling
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænlɪŋ//
     
    (especially US English) -ing form channeling
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃænlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænlɪŋ//
     
     
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    ideas/feelings
  1. 1channel something (into something) to direct money, feelings, ideas, etc. towards a particular thing or purpose He channels his aggression into sport.
  2. money/help
  3. 2channel something (through something) to send money, help, etc. using a particular route Money for the project will be channelled through local government.
  4. water/light
  5. 3channel something to carry or send water, light, etc. through a passage A sensor channels the light signal along an optical fibre.
  6. spirit/character
  7. 4channel somebody to act as a medium (= a person who claims to be able to communicate with the spirits of dead people) for somebody He believed that he could channel an ancestor from two hundred years ago.
  8. 5channel somebody to behave in the manner of somebody else, as though that person has given you the idea or desire to act in that way When he sang, he would channel Nat King Cole. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  9. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French chanel, from Latin canalis ‘pipe, groove, channel’, from canna ‘reed’ from Greek kanna, kannē, of Semitic origin. Compare with canal.
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