- carW1S1 [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 cara train carriage used for sleeping, eating etc3.) AmE a train carriage▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1by carget in/into a carget out of a cardrive a carpark a carparked cartake the car (=drive it somewhere)car crash/accidentcar chasecar crimepolice carcompany car (=a car you are given to use by your company)HINT sense 1Do 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)WORD FOCUS: carbig 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/4x4where you park your car: garage, car park (BrE) parking lot (AmE), multi-storey car park (BrE), parking space, carportsomeone who drives a car: driver, motorist, learner driversomeone who drives a rich or important person's car for them: chauffeur, driver▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.