W1S1 [ka: US ka:r] n
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: car 'carriage' (14-19 centuries), from Anglo-French carre, from Latin carrus]
1.) a vehicle with four wheels and an engine, that can carry a small number of passengers
I've left my bag in the car.
I always go to work by car .
Dan got out of the car and locked the door.
He wasn't even old enough to drive a car .
Cars were parked on both sides of the road.
A line of parked cars ran parallel to the pavements.
You really ought to walk a bit more, rather than taking the car everywhere.
Coughlan was killed in a car accident .
a high-speed car chase through the streets of London
Car crime is the fastest-growing crime.
Police cars occasionally circled the building.
2.) sleeping/dining/buffet car
a train carriage used for sleeping, eating etc
3.) AmE a train carriage
4.) the part of a lift, ↑balloon, or ↑airship in which people or goods are carried
COLLOCATES for sense 1
by car
get in/into a car
get out of a car
drive a car
park a car
parked car
take the car (=drive it somewhere)
car crash/accident
car chase
car crime
police car
company car (=a car you are given to use by your company)
HINT sense 1
Do not use go in/out with 'car'. Use get in/out: She got into her car (NOT went into her car) and drove off. |'Stop the car. I want to get out!' (NOT go out)
big cars: limousine, people carrier (BrE), gas-guzzler (AmE informal), estate car (BrE)
small cars: compact (AmE), hatchback (BrE)
other types of car: pickup, van, saloon (BrE) sedan (AmE), sports car, convertible, SUV (AmE), off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4
where you park your car: garage, car park (BrE) parking lot (AmE), multi-storey car park (BrE), parking space, carport
someone who drives a car: driver, motorist, learner driver
someone who drives a rich or important person's car for them: chauffeur, driver

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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