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



    BrE BrE//bed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bed//
    Rivers and lakes
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a piece of furniture for sleeping on a single/double bed She lay on the bed (= on top of the covers). He lay in bed (= under the covers). I'm tired—I'm going to bed. It's time for bed (= time to go to sleep). I'll just put the kids to bed. He likes to have a mug of cocoa before bed (= before going to bed). to get into/out of bed to make the bed (= arrange the covers in a tidy way) Could you give me a bed for the night (= somewhere to sleep)? There's a shortage of hospital beds (= not enough room for patients to be admitted). He has been confined to bed with flu for the past couple of days. see also airbed, camp bed, sofa bed, twin bed, waterbed
  2. of river/lake/sea
  3. 2  [countable] the bottom of a river, the sea, etc. the ocean bed oyster beds (= an area in the sea where there are many oysters) See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  4. for flowers/vegetables
  5. 3[countable] an area of ground in a garden/yard or park for growing flowers, vegetables, etc. flower beds see also seedbed
  6. bottom layer
  7. 4[countable] bed of something a layer of something that other things lie or rest on grilled chicken, served on a bed of rice The blocks should be laid on a bed of concrete.
  8. geology
  9. 5 [countable] a layer of clay, rock, etc. in the ground see also bedrock
  10. Word OriginOld English bed, bedd (noun), beddian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bed and German Bett.Extra examples Are you out of bed yet? Bed and breakfast accommodation is available. Come on, children, it’s time for bed. Don’t punish a child who wets the bed. Elizabeth was sitting on her bed writing a letter. He and his brother had to share a bed. He came home to find an empty bed. He lay in bed, reading his book. He slept on a makeshift bed of blankets and cushions. I like to be in bed before 11 o’clock. I slept in the bottom bunk of a set of bunk beds. It’s your turn to put the children to bed. Please strip the beds and put the sheets in the washing machine. She crawled into bed exhausted. We stayed at a comfortable bed and breakfast. a messy room, with an unmade bed and clothes on the floor ornamental beds of roses Raised flower beds are ideal for people in wheelchairs.Idioms (not) an easy or a pleasant situation Their life together hasn't exactly been a bed of roses. to die because you are old or ill/sick
    get out of bed on the wrong side (British English) (North American English get up on the wrong side of the bed)
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    to be bad-tempered for the whole day for no particular reason
    go to bed with somebody
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    (informal) to have sex with somebody
    used to refer to sexual activity What's he like in bed? I caught them in bed together (= having sex). to go to bed and stay there because you are ill/sick [no passive] to urinate in your bed by accident It is quite common for small children to wet their beds.
    you’ve made your bed and you must lie in/on it
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    (saying) you must accept the results of your actions
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bed