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

     

    water

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtər//
     
    , also NAmE//ˈwɑːtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they water
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtər//
     
    , also NAmE//ˈwɑːtər//
     
    he / she / it waters
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərz//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːtərz//
     
    past simple watered
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːtərd//
     
    past participle watered
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːtərd//
     
    -ing form watering
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːtərɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming, Growing crops, Gardening
     
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  1. 1[transitive] water something to pour water on plants, etc. to water the plants/garden See related entries: Growing crops, Gardening
  2. 2[intransitive] (of the eyes) to become full of tears The smoke made my eyes water.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of the mouth) to produce saliva The smells from the kitchen made our mouths water.
  4. 4[transitive] water something to give water to an animal to drink to water the horses (humorous) After a tour of the grounds, the guests were fed and watered. See related entries: Animal farming
  5. 5[transitive, usually passive] water something (specialist) (of a river, etc.) to provide an area of land with water The valley is watered by a stream.
  6. 6[transitive] water something to add water to an alcoholic drink watered wine
  7. Word Origin Old English wæter (noun), wæterian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch water, German Wasser, from an Indo-European root shared by Russian voda (compare with vodka), also by Latin unda ‘wave’ and Greek hudōr ‘water’.Extra examples Keep the area well watered. Once we were fed and watered, she showed us up to our rooms. The proposals got somewhat watered down at committee stage. The roses need watering. The smell of the meat made her mouth water. Water your houseplants well before you go on holiday. Phrasal Verbswater somethingdown
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