- plate1 W2S2 [pleıt] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(food)¦2¦(sign)¦3 have a lot/enough on your plate4¦(protective covering)¦5¦(earth's surface)¦6¦(gold/silver)¦7 hand/give/offer somebody something on a plate8¦(pictures/photos)¦9¦(baseball)¦10¦(competition)¦11¦(teeth)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Sense: 1,3,7; Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: plat 'plate, dish', from plat 'flat', from Vulgar Latin plattus, probably from Greek platys 'broad, flat'][Sense: 2, 4-5,8-11; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: plat 'flat'][Sense: 6; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Partly from Old French plat 'plate, piece of silver', partly from Old Spanish plata 'silver']1.) ¦(FOOD)¦a) a flat and usually round dish that you eat from or serve food on▪ The plates were piled high with rice.▪ a dinner plateb) also platefulthe amount of food that is on a plateplate of▪ He's eaten a whole plate of french fries.2.) ¦(SIGN)¦a flat piece of metal with words or numbers on it, for example on a door or a car▪ The brass plate on the door said 'Dr Rackman'.number/license/registration plate(=on a car)▪ Did anyone see the car's license plate?3.) have a lot/enough on your plate informalto have a lot of problems to deal with or problems to worry about4.) ¦(PROTECTIVE COVERING)¦a) technical one of the thin sheets of bone, horn etc that covers and protects the outside of some animalsb) a thin sheet of metal used to protect somethingmetal/steel/iron plates▪ The shoes had metal plates attached to the heels.5.) ¦(EARTH'S SURFACE)¦ technicalone of the very large sheets of rock that form the surface of the Earth6.) ¦(GOLD/SILVER)¦a) gold/silver plateordinary metal with a thin covering of gold or silverb) [U]things such as plates, cups, forks, or knives made of gold or silver7.) hand/give/offer sb sth on a plateto let someone get or achieve something easily, without much effort from them▪ I worked hard for what I've got. It wasn't handed to me on a plate.8.) ¦(PICTURES/PHOTOS)¦a) a sheet of metal that has been cut or treated in a special way so that words or pictures can be printed from its surface▪ copper printing platesb) a picture in a book, printed on good-quality paper and usually colouredc) a thin sheet of glass used especially in the past in photography, with chemicals on it that are sensitive to light9.) ¦(BASEBALL)¦ [C usually singular]the place where the person hitting the ball stands10.)¦(COMPETITION)¦the ... Plateused in the names of sports competitions or races in which the winner gets a silver plate▪ This horse won the Galway Plate.11.) ¦(TEETH)¦a) a thin piece of plastic shaped to fit inside a person's mouth, into which ↑false teeth are fixedb) BrE a thin piece of plastic with wires fixed to it, that some people wear in their mouth to make their teeth straightBritish Equivalent: brace→↑hotplate▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1Do not use plate when you mean 'food cooked in a particular way as a meal'. Use dish : a restaurant where you can eat the most delicious dishes (NOT plates) you can imagine▬▬▬▬▬▬▬plate 2plate2 v [T]be plated with stha) to be covered with a thin covering of gold or silver▪ a beautiful necklace, plated with 22 carat goldgold-plated/silver-plated▪ a gold-plated watchb) to be covered in sheets of a hard material such as metal▪ The ship had been heavily plated with protective sheets.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.