land1 [ lænd ] noun ***
1. ) uncount an area that someone owns, often including the buildings on it. You can also refer to someone's lands, and this has the same meaning:
The company bought the land last year.
Some of his land had been flooded.
Their ancient tribal lands have been taken away.
a vacant plot of land (=piece of land)
a ) uncount an area of ground, especially one used for a particular purpose such as farming or building:
the land around here is pretty flat
acres of agricultural land
b ) count or uncount an area where the soil has particular qualities:
Most of the world's fertile land is already being cultivated.
2. ) uncount the part of the Earth's surface that is not the ocean:
The boxes eventually drifted to land after being in the sea for a week.
Swans are graceful swimmers, but they're clumsy on land.
3. ) count LITERARY a country or region:
the mountains of distant lands
The news quickly spread throughout the land.
land of: a land of wondrous wildlife and sweeping beauty
Many people emigrated to Canada believing that it was a land of opportunity.
a ) an imaginary place:
the land of make-believe
He's living in a fantasy land.
4. ) the land the countryside considered as a place to grow your own food or live in a simple healthy way:
go back to the land: They left the city and went back to the land to raise their children.
live off the land (=depend on the food you grow): The lack of rain has already hurt many people who live off the land.
find out/see how the land lies
to find out about a situation before deciding what to do:
You should see how the land lies before going into business on your own.
in the land of the living HUMOROUS
I see you're back in the land of the living.
land 2 [ lænd ] verb ***
▸ 1 arrive/bring
▸ 2 come down to ground
▸ 3 get something you wanted
▸ 4 be in bad situation
▸ 5 catch fish
1. ) intransitive to arrive at a place by plane or boat:
It was after midnight by the time we landed.
a ) intransitive land on/in to arrive somewhere, especially unexpectedly or in a way that causes problems:
The whole family landed on my doorstep for the weekend.
Thousands of letters a week were landing on his desk.
b ) transitive if a plane or boat lands people or goods somewhere, it brings them there:
Motorboats landed supplies along the beaches.
2. ) intransitive if an aircraft lands, it comes down to the ground:
The plane landed a couple of hours before dawn.
a ) intransitive to come down to the ground or to a surface after moving or falling through the air:
She was uninjured after landing in the snow.
land on/in/under: The hawk landed on a fence post near the road.
b ) transitive to bring a plane down to the ground:
The pilot was able to land the plane safely.
3. ) transitive to get something that you wanted, especially a job or opportunity:
At age 19 she landed a small role in a Broadway play.
land a job: He was hoping to land the job on a permanent basis.
4. ) land or land up intransitive or transitive INFORMAL to be in an unpleasant situation or place, or to cause someone to be in an unpleasant situation or place:
land in: She landed up in the hospital with a broken leg.
land someone in something: His recklessness could land him in prison.
a ) land someone in it BRITISH INFORMAL to cause problems for someone, especially by talking about what they have said or done
5. ) transitive to catch a fish and pull it out of the water
land a punch/blow
to succeed in hitting someone:
He landed a punch on Jackson's nose.
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`land on phrasal verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL
land on someone to criticize someone severely:
He really landed on me for being late.
`land with phrasal verb transitive usually passive MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL
land someone with something to give someone an unpleasant job that no one else wants to do:
John was landed with the job of sorting Susan's files when she left.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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