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

     

    corner

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they corner
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnər//
     
    he / she / it corners
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnərz//
     
    past simple cornered
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnərd//
     
    past participle cornered
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnərd//
     
    -ing form cornering
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, often passive] corner somebody/something to get a person or an animal into a place or situation from which they cannot escape The man was finally cornered by police in a garage. If cornered, the snake will defend itself.
  2. 2[transitive] corner somebody to go towards somebody in a determined way, because you want to speak to them I found myself cornered by her on the stairs.
  3. the market
  4. 3[transitive] corner the market (in something) to get control of the trade in a particular type of goods They've cornered the market in silver.
  5. of vehicle/driver
  6. 4[intransitive] to go around a corner The car has excellent cornering (= it is easy to steer around corners).
  7. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin cornu ‘horn, tip, corner’.Extra examples He made his millions by cornering the estate-agency business in the town. The firm has cornered the UK computer market. They’ve cornered the market in silver.
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