1 in a vehicle
bottom, top (both BrE)

She was driving along in top gear.

high, low
first, second, etc.
engage, select

Engage first gear and move off.

change (esp. BrE), shift (AmE), switch (usually figurative)

It's difficult to steer and change/shift gear at the same time.

He found it hard to switch gears when he retired.

change into (BrE), move into, put sth into, shift into (AmE), slam sth into, slip sth into

She put the car into first gear and drove off.

move up, step up (often figurative)

Coming out of the final bend, the runner stepped up a gear to overtake the rest of the pack.

crash (BrE), grind

He was crashing the gears because he was so nervous.


She made a smooth gear change.

lever, shift (AmE), stick (usually gearstick) (BrE)
in (a/the) gear

I was driving along in third gear.

Some drivers leave the car in gear when parking on hills.

out of gear

Leave the car out of gear.

2 equipment/clothes
camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, riding, running, sports, swimming
breathing (esp. BrE)

firemen in breathing gear


The hot weather makes it hard for soldiers in protective gear.


the plane's landing gear

battle, combat, riot

She was the only one wearing expensive designer gear.

be dressed in, have on, wear

She had her running gear on.

put on, take off
in … gear

a group of men in combat gear

verb be geared to sth; be geared towards/toward sth

Our training sessions are geared specifically to the needs of older workers.

entirely, exclusively

an economy exclusively geared towards/toward tourism

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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