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



    BrE BrE//lænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lænd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they land
    BrE BrE//lænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lænd//
    he / she / it lands
    BrE BrE//lændz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lændz//
    past simple landed
    BrE BrE//ˈlændɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlændɪd//
    past participle landed
    BrE BrE//ˈlændɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlændɪd//
    -ing form landing
    BrE BrE//ˈlændɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlændɪŋ//
    Plane travel, Space travel, Travelling by boat or ship
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    of bird/plane/insect
  1. 1  [intransitive] to come down through the air onto the ground or another surface The plane landed safely. A fly landed on his nose. opposite take off Wordfindercabin crew, charter, flight path, in-flight, land, long-haul, plane, refuel, take-off, travel See related entries: Plane travel, Space travel
  2. of pilot
  3. 2  [transitive] land something to bring a plane down to the ground in a controlled way The pilot landed the plane safely.
  4. arrive in plane/boat
  5. 3  [intransitive] to arrive somewhere in a plane or a boat We shall be landing shortly. Please fasten your seatbelts. The troops landed at dawn. They were the first men to land on the moon. The ferry is due to land at 3 o'clock. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  6. 4[transitive] land somebody/something to put somebody/something on land from an aircraft, a boat, etc. The troops were landed by helicopter. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  7. fall to ground
  8. 5  [intransitive] to come down to the ground after jumping, falling or being thrown I fell and landed heavily at the bottom of the stairs. A large stone landed right beside him.
  9. difficulties
  10. 6[intransitive] + adv./prep. to arrive somewhere and cause difficulties that have to be dealt with Why do complaints always land on my desk (= why do I always have to deal with them)?
  11. job
  12. 7[transitive] (informal) to succeed in getting a job, etc., especially one that a lot of other people want land something He's just landed a starring role in Spielberg's next movie. land somebody/yourself something She's just landed herself a company directorship.
  13. fish
  14. 8[transitive] land something to catch a fish and bring it out of the water on to the land
  15. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch land and German Land.Extra examples He tensed himself for the jump and landed expertly on the other side. I landed awkwardly and twisted my ankle. She fell and landed heavily on her back. The coin landed squarely between his feet. The pilot managed to land the plane safely. The plane slowly came down to land. The plane was forced to land in a nearby field. We are due to land at Heathrow at 12.15. A fly landed on the tip of his nose. A single snowflake drifted down and landed on the window sill. A swan landed on the water. Both aircraft landed safely. He landed the damaged aircraft in a field. He’s just landed a starring role in Spielberg’s next movie. It took me three attempts to land the fish. Plymouth Rock is the place where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in 1620. She’s just landed herself a company directorship. They were arrested on landing at Heathrow. Troops landed on the island. We were due to land at Gatwick. Who were the first men to land on the moon? Why do complaints always land on my desk?Idioms to be lucky in finding yourself in a good situation, or in getting out of a difficult situation You landed on your feet, getting such a well-paid job with so little experience. Jim’s always getting himself in trouble, but he usually seems to fall on his feet.
    land a blow, punch, etc.
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    to succeed in hitting somebody/something She landed a punch on his chin.
    Phrasal Verbsland in somethingland up in/at/on/with…land somebody with somebody
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