water

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noun
1 liquid
ADJECTIVE
boiling, chilled, cold, cool, freezing, frigid (AmE), hot, ice-cold, icy, lukewarm, steaming, tepid, warm

I could feel the icy water entering my lungs.

ice (AmE), iced (esp. BrE)
clean, clear, crystal-clear, pure
dirty
contaminated, polluted
fresh
brackish, salt

These fish will quickly die in salt water.

salty

Abscesses should be bathed in warm salty water.

salted

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water.

soapy

Alexis filled the sink with soapy water.

hard, soft
dripping, flowing, pouring, running, rushing

the fast-flowing water of the river

All the rooms have hot and cold running water.

lake, ocean (esp. AmE), river, sea
surface

The surface water made the road treacherous for drivers.

ground

areas which are dependent on ground water

drinking, potable (esp. AmE)
tap

Avoid drinking the tap water when you first arrive in the country.

well

the purest well water

bottled, mineral, sparkling, spring
soda
flavoured/flavored
boiled, distilled, filtered, sterile
deionized
waste
irrigation

The farmers draw their irrigation water from the Colorado.

excess

She dried off the excess water from her hair.

holy

He kept sprinkling holy water on Mia.

scarce
… OF WATER
drop
drink, sip
cup, glass
VERB + WATER
drink, sip
gulp, gulp down
pour
slosh, spill, splash, spray, sprinkle, spurt, squirt

Don't slosh too much water on the floor when you're having a bath.

The burst pipe was spurting water everywhere.

filter, purify
contaminate, pollute
boil, heat

Residents are being asked to boil their drinking water.

bring, carry, fetch

a woman fetching water

pump

How do you pump the water up here?

drain

He twisted it to drain the excess water.

absorb

That causes the moss to absorb water.

turn off, turn on

They turned the water off for a few hours to do some work on the pipes.

WATER + VERB
flow, pour, run
gush, rush, spurt

Brown water gushed out of the rusty old tap.

drip, trickle

There was water dripping from a hole in the ceiling.

lap, slosh, spill, splash, spray, squirt

Water got into the boat and was sloshing around under our feet.

boil, cool, cool down, freeze
evaporate

As the weather heats up, water evaporates.

WATER + NOUN
vapour/vapor
temperature
pressure
supply
resources
quality
purification, treatment
filter
pipe
tank, tower
pump
pollution
shortage
level
table

Building can be difficult where the water table lies close to the surface.

source

the region's most important fresh water source

power
company, industry
conservation, management (esp. AmE)
bottle
cooler (esp. AmE), fountain (both esp. AmE)
heater (esp. AmE)

household water heaters

2 mass of water
ADJECTIVE
deep, shallow
clear
muddy, murky, stagnant
calm, placid (esp. BrE), still

the calm waters of Lake Como

choppy, rough, stormy
dangerous, safe

At last the boat reached safer waters.

open

large expanses of open water

flood (usually floodwater)

The floodwater had caused tremendous damage.

standing

Some fields have areas with standing water.

rising

They climbed a tree to escape the rising water.

bath, bathing (esp. BrE)
ballast

the ballast water of ocean-going freighters

WATER + VERB
rise

The water was rising fast.

recede

The water is now receding after the floods.

WATER + NOUN
sports
PREPOSITION
by water

Goods were often transported by water in the 19th century.

in the water

I saw something large floating in the water.

on the water

The swan landed gracefully on the water.

through the water

The boat cut effortlessly through the water.

under the water

An abandoned town lies under the water of the reservoir.

PHRASES
the water's edge

She crouched at the water's edge to wash her hands.

3 waters sea
ADJECTIVE
territorial
coastal
tropical
northern, southern
Antarctic, Arctic
Atlantic, Pacific, etc.
foreign, home, international
Japanese, etc.
uncharted

The ship had drifted into uncharted waters.

navigable

inland navigable waters

freezing, icy

the freezing waters of the Irish Sea

the icy waters of the North Atlantic

shark-infested

the shark-infested waters off the coast of Florida

PREPOSITION
in … water, into … water

The submarine had strayed into Russian waters.

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verb
Water is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye, ↑mouth
Water is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bulb, ↑garden, ↑lawn, ↑plant, ↑yard

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
, , , / (for drink), , , , / (as cloth, to give it an undulating or wavy appearance)


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