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Definition of corner verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they corner
    he / she / it corners
    past simple cornered
    -ing form cornering
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    trap someone
  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 toward someone 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).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: corner