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Definition of dock verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dock
    he / she / it docks
    past simple docked
    -ing form docking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] dock (something) if a ship docks or you dock a ship, it sails into a harbor and stays there The ferry is expected to dock at 6.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] dock (something) if two spacecraft dock, or are docked, they are joined together in space Next year, a technology module will be docked on the space station.
  3. 3[transitive] to take away part of someone's pay, etc. dock something If you're late, your pay will be docked. dock something from/off something They've docked 15% off my pay for this week.
  4. 4[transitive] dock something (computing) to connect a computer to a docking station I docked my portable and started work. opposite undock
  5. 5[transitive] dock something to cut an animal's tail short The horse's tail had been docked.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dock