Definition of tide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a regular rise and fall in the level of the sea, caused by the pull of the moon and sun; the flow of water that happens as the sea rises and falls the ebb and flow of the tide The tide is in/out. Is the tide coming in or going out? The body was washed up on the beach by the tide. see also high tide, low tide, neap tide, spring tide Wordfinderbeach, cliff, coast, dune, headland, inlet, promontory, sea, shore, tide Wordfinderbeach, coast, harbour, pier, sandbank, sea, shoreline, surf, tide, wave See related entries: Coastlines and the sea, The Earth and the atmosphere, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the direction in which the opinion of a large number of people seems to be moving It takes courage to speak out against the tide of opinion. There is a growing tide of opposition to the idea. a tide of optimism
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a large amount of something unpleasant that is increasing and is difficult to control There is anxiety about the rising tide of crime. Measures have been taken to stem the tide of pornography (= stop it from getting worse).
  4. 4[singular] tide of something a feeling that you suddenly have that gets stronger and stronger A tide of rage surged through her.
  5. 5-tide [singular] (old use) (in compounds) a time or season of the year Christmastide
  6. Word OriginOld English tīd ‘time, period, era’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tijd and German Zeit, also to time. The sense relating to the sea dates from late Middle English.Extra examples He didn’t have the courage to swim against the political tide. If caught in a rip tide, strong swimmers should swim for shore. In the early 1990s there was a marked turn of the tide. It takes courage to speak out against the tide of public opinion. Seals lie on the rocks at low tide. Seeing the tide was now running in his direction, he renewed his campaign for reform. The body was washed up by the tide the next day. The tide of public opinion seems to be turning at last. They were carried along on a tide of euphoria. We have to get up early to catch the tide. We went out to sea on the ebb tide. When the sea recedes, tide pools reveal a bewildering diversity of marine life. attempts to stem the tide of revolution the high tide mark the rising tide of crime the shifting tides of history the time of day when the highest tides occur Measures have been taken to stem the tide of pornography. The 1830s saw a tide of emigrants leave Europe for Australia.Idioms
    go, swim, etc. with/against the tide
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    to agree with/oppose the attitudes or opinions that most other people have
    the tide turned, turn the tide
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    used to say that there is a change in somebody’s luck or in how successful they are being The tide turned for Nadal at the start of the second set. This contract is probably our last chance to turn the tide.
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