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

      

    section

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they section
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃn//
     
    he / she / it sections
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃnz//
     
    past simple sectioned
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃnd//
     
    past participle sectioned
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃnd//
     
    -ing form sectioning
    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃnɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1 section something (medical) to divide body tissue by cutting
  2. 2 section something (biology) to cut animal or plant tissue into thin slices in order to look at it under a microscope
  3. mental patient
  4. 3[often passive] section somebody (British English) to officially order a mentally ill person to go and receive treatment in a psychiatric hospital, using a law that can force them to stay there until they are successfully treated See related entries: Mental health care
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from French section or Latin sectio(n-), from secare ‘to cut’. The verb dates from the early 19th cent. Phrasal Verbssection somethingoff
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