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Definition of water verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈwɑt̮ər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they water
    he / she / it waters
    past simple watered
    -ing form watering
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  1. 1[transitive] water something to pour water on plants, etc. to water the plants/garden
  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.
  5. 5[transitive, usually passive] water something (technology) (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. Phrasal Verbswater somethingdown
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