- 1[transitive] water something to pour water on plants, etc. to water the plants/garden See related entries: Growing crops, Gardening
- 2[intransitive] (of the eyes) to become full of tears The smoke made my eyes water.
- 3[intransitive] (of the mouth) to produce saliva The smells from the kitchen made our mouths water.
- 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. See related entries: Animal farming
- 5[transitive, usually passive] water something (specialist) (of a river, etc.) to provide an area of land with water The valley is watered by a stream.
- 6[transitive] water something to add water to an alcoholic drink watered wine Word Origin Old English wæter (noun), wæterian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch water, German Wasser, from an Indo-European root shared by Russian voda (compare with vodka), also by Latin unda
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtər//, also NAmE//ˈwɑːtər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they water
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtər//, also NAmE//ˈwɑːtər//he / she / it waters
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərz//, NAmE//ˈwɑːtərz//past simple watered
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərd//, NAmE//ˈwɑːtərd//past participle watered
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərd//, NAmE//ˈwɑːtərd//-ing form watering
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈwɑːtərɪŋ//Animal farming, Growing crops, Gardening