Definition of bed in English:

bed

noun

  • 1A piece of furniture for sleep or rest, typically a framework with a mattress.

    ‘a large double bed’
    ‘she was in bed by nine’
    • ‘There's a living room downstairs, a bedroom with three single beds and a bunk bed with upper and lower berths, a bathroom, and the kitchen area.’
    • ‘The bed was made neatly, and a few articles of clothing were strewn across the floor.’
    • ‘To help keep a child in bed while settling to sleep, try story tapes, or books they can read to themselves.’
    • ‘A couple of stuffed animals and her guitar laid peacefully on the bed with a note attached.’
    • ‘Not wanting to go back to sleep, she slipped out of bed, and walked down the stairs to the kitchen.’
    • ‘I just don't enjoy leaping out of bed and into a pile of my sisters old smelly socks.’
    • ‘There is no specific treatment for measles but the patient should rest in bed for a few days and be given plenty to drink.’
    • ‘The walls were all white and the only items inside were a bed, cabinet, desk, and chair.’
    • ‘It wasn't that late, but she was tired and felt like curling up in bed and going to sleep.’
    • ‘If it takes longer than 20 or 30 minutes to get to sleep, do not lie in bed becoming anxious about sleeping.’
    • ‘The alarm frightened the sleep out of me; I dragged myself out of bed, and got my guests into the car.’
    • ‘I have a small cell with a single bed, and there's a sink, a bookshelf, a little stool and somewhere to store underclothes.’
    • ‘When she was convinced her parents were asleep, she slipped out of bed and dressed herself.’
    • ‘The bed was the largest piece of furniture in the room and stood against the south wall, opposite the door.’
    • ‘You name it, they transport it on the back of their bicycle - animals, sofas, beds, car parts, other bicycles.’
    • ‘There are 20 bedrooms, each furnished with antiques and extremely comfortable beds.’
    • ‘I was going to go back to bed this morning but I didn't feel tired.’
    • ‘There certainly wasn't enough space in my room for anything larger than a single bed.’
    • ‘If your pain is severe, your doctor may suggest that you rest in bed for a day or two.’
    • ‘Many of these fires happen when someone falls asleep in bed or on upholstered furniture such as a sofa while smoking.’
    couch, berth, billet
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    1. 1.1A bed and associated facilities comprising a place for a patient in a hospital.
      ‘the unit has 20 geriatric beds’
      • ‘In an average week, four patients are blocking hospital beds because they can not be moved elsewhere.’
      • ‘In Edinburgh, 200 of the 2000 acute hospital beds are blocked with patients who do not need to be there.’
      • ‘A South Essex psychiatric hospital is to get 12 extra beds for patients who have been treated at high-security institutions like Broadmoor.’
      • ‘This was not due to lack of trying but due to a health service that has failed us, a minister that has done little to help and a hospital that has insufficient beds and staff.’
      • ‘Staff at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital yesterday set aside extra beds and intensive care facilities for anyone suffering complications as a result of the smoke hanging over the area.’
      • ‘He said he recognised that acute hospitals had beds occupied by patients who could be discharged if appropriate facilities were available.’
      • ‘‘The targets have meant hospitals pushing patients through beds even when they should be closed for cleaning to get rid of infection,’ he said.’
      • ‘It has been blamed on a rise in emergency admissions and a heavy workload, which means patients are transferred from beds, wards and hospitals quickly.’
      • ‘Elderly patients stuck in hospital beds because of a care crisis will be moved by next month, York's head of social services has promised.’
      • ‘For night after night she slept in a chair by his hospital bed, refusing to leave his side.’
      • ‘Ambulances will also cease to bring patients to the A & E unit at the hospital if there are more than 25 patients awaiting beds.’
      • ‘Nurses working for the Auckland Mental Health Service are refusing to admit patients unless hospitals have beds and staff available.’
      • ‘Last Wednesday, Bedford Hospital reached crisis point when beds ran short and patients kept arriving.’
      • ‘In a bid to improve services and free up much needed emergency beds, the foundations of a new treatment centre have been laid at Darent Valley Hospital.’
      • ‘Ms Harney said she would target A & E units and step-down facilities for elderly patients in acute beds.’
      • ‘Hospitals found guilty of bad management and keeping patients in beds too long have been hit with fines totalling €6.4 million.’
      • ‘No sick patient in a hospital bed wants to hear his nurse tell him she once had a much worse time than he is suffering now.’
      • ‘All of the hospital's 54 beds will close by early February and its patients will be transferred elsewhere.’
      • ‘An East Yorkshire hospital is down to its last five free beds as adult patients are forced to use a children's ward.’
      • ‘The organisation has begun to release daily figures which show that an average of 200 patients are left lying on hospital trolleys waiting for beds.’
    2. 1.2A bedroom.
      [in combination] ‘a three-bed detached house’
      • ‘Council bosses have branded the garden of his six-bed semi an eyesore and have ordered him to clean it up.’
      • ‘The three bed dormer detached bungalow provides many extras and is within easy reach of the town centre.’
      • ‘But, thanks to the new scheme, Donna has now signed up for a two bed flat on Limefield Brow.’
      • ‘A five-bed bungalow is currently being built on a half acre plot.’
      • ‘Forty-nine of the proposed homes will be one-bed flats.’
      • ‘To think they would be smart enough to go steal a car and raid your three bed semi is ridiculous.’
      • ‘Prices start at £370,000 for two-bed apartments, with three-beds starting at £440,000.’
      • ‘I know of one couple who can't have any children, and should be in a one bed flat.’
      • ‘Newly completed two bed apartments at Riverside / Granby Row are currently for sale.’
      • ‘A two-bed in the same area in 1995 would cost about £550 whereas today they cost around £900 per month.’
      • ‘An old four bed farmhouse in need of renovation and a range of stone outbuildings on the land offer huge potential.’
      • ‘Until about July, two and three bed houses sold on my estate in days, sometimes hours as it's a popular estate.’
      • ‘They've only got a one bed flat and he don't even want the kids there.’
      • ‘The four bed detached two storey house enjoys many extras and has a walled garden to the front and rear.’
    3. 1.3A place or article used by a person or animal for sleep or rest.
      ‘a bed of straw’
      • ‘Often enough, some of them could not make the trip home and ended up spending the night in make-shift beds at my daughter's flat.’
      • ‘Life is austere and, as his fellow workers do, he makes and sleeps in a straw bed.’
      • ‘David had made a bed on the floor, of my spare duvet and a sleeping bag he had found among his personal effects.’
      • ‘Taking several steps forward, she saw a strong wooden box sitting on her straw bed.’
      • ‘He saw his mother lying pathetically on a pile of blankets serving as a makeshift bed.’
      • ‘Before him was a very messily thrown-together bed of a pile of leaves with a sheet spread over it.’
      • ‘Banana leaves laid on the dirt floor serve as beds for visitors.’
      • ‘A straw bed stood boldly in the center with an oil lamp on a simple stand to the right.’
      • ‘The floor was beaten earth; the bed was of straw, hides or a rude contrivance of cords tied on posts.’
      • ‘Living in a bare floored, unheated cell with a bed of straw, she spent her days rising at 5.00 am.’
      • ‘I pushed past him into the small room and set the child down on the circular bed of animal furs as gently as possible.’
      • ‘Mats or leaves generally serve as beds, and cooking is done on open fires near the huts.’
      • ‘Few people who drive past the farm fail to smile at the sight of the sows rolling around in the mud, or lolling, sunbathing, on deep beds of straw.’
      • ‘Hannah yanked a pair of khaki capris from under the dog that had made a bed in one the many piles of clothes.’
      • ‘Prisoners describe the cells as five by 10 metres, with a large bucket serving as a toilet in the corner of each cell and blankets for beds.’
      • ‘He gestured to the largest room the inn maintained, containing three, hard, straw beds.’
      • ‘He walks outside and heads for the barn where he finds Stuart and Nick hard at work forking new hay for the animals' beds.’
      • ‘There the Colonel lives in a single room with a dirt floor and a straw bed.’
      • ‘Mel and the boys made their beds in their Transit van and toured the pubs and clubs of southern England.’
      • ‘They were lying together wrapped in warm furs on a bed of fresh yellow straw, inside a tent.’
    4. 1.4informal Used with reference to a bed as the typical place for sexual activity.
      ‘he's incredibly good in bed’
      ‘she'd gone to bed with Tom’
      • ‘I didn't go to bed with him when he asked me because I was too tired to have sex after the amazing weekend with my lover.’
      • ‘She and Austin had been married for two whole months, but he had yet to take her to bed and make love with her.’
      • ‘He was putting on a show at the Edinburgh Festival and asked me to join the group and then, consequently, got the girl into bed.’
      • ‘I'm pretty good in bed if I do say so myself.’
      • ‘Remember lieutenant, the quickest way to a girl's bed is through her parents.’
      • ‘In my whole life I had never been to bed with someone without having had a drink.’
      • ‘She also says that any man who's obsessed with football is terrible in bed.’
      • ‘Here is a lovely guy who is kind, generous and good to me and who is great in bed and I am telling him to back off - why?’
  • 2The bottom of the sea or a lake or river.

    ‘the gravelly bed of the stream’
    • ‘After lunch we would trail around the neighbourhood which involved a lot of exploring of stream beds and ponds and railways.’
    • ‘Many goby species are found on sandy or muddy sea beds, but the rock goby, as the name implies, prefers rocky ground, and will usually be found peering out from a crevice or hole.’
    • ‘With its river beds, attractive hill ridges and stunning mountains, it provides city dwellers access to nature right on their doorstep.’
    • ‘Over a number of weeks a trench was excavated in the river bed on each side of the estuary.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Elkenback and his crew spotted the fourth truck in the stream bed to the north.’
    • ‘There has obviously been little rain here for a long time and the river bed is virtually dry.’
    • ‘Sediments on lake bottoms and sea beds are far richer in biomarker molecules than we might suspect.’
    • ‘Sponges are a plant-like sea animal which are harvested from the ocean bed.’
    • ‘The terrain changes completely as we ride into the Moon Valley and onto the dry bed of the Swakop River.’
    • ‘Environment officials fear that concentrations of heavy metals primarily lead, copper, and zinc in the beds of the affected rivers could work their way into the food chain.’
    • ‘Some say they were found by locals on the bed of a river, others in an unidentified cave.’
    • ‘As a result of continuous mining of sand, the river bed is three metres below the sea level.’
    • ‘The female then moves upstream and covers the eggs with more gravel so that they are buried deep within the bed of the river.’
    • ‘The water flowed over the rocks in the stream bed, and as it flowed, it seemed to sing.’
    • ‘The little silvery streams criss-crossing the river bed are enough for them to eke out a living.’
    • ‘From its station near the bed of the river, it surges up to snatch at smaller fish foolish enough to swim through its field of vision.’
    • ‘A mystery remains, however, over the way features resembling flood plains, river beds and gorges were created on Mars.’
    • ‘The lads are covering a total distance of 144 miles, across sand, stones, mountains, dried lakes, river beds and dunes.’
    • ‘We began the first seismic line on day two with an uphill washed-out creek bed of a trail.’
    • ‘The muddy bed of the river is littered with boulders, but not ones that have arrived by geological forces.’
    bottom, floor, ground, depths
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    1. 2.1A place on the seabed where shellfish, especially oysters or mussels, breed or are bred.
      ‘the Firth of Forth was once home to vast beds of oysters’
      • ‘Large mussel beds are also common in many areas.’
      • ‘After the island came a long beach stroll; oystercatchers plundered the mussel beds and crows feasted on small crabs.’
      • ‘The mussel beds have to be maintained during the growing period.’
      • ‘Some areas are covered with thick juvenile mussel beds on which abundant starfish graze.’
      • ‘Oyster beds can really get messed up by a big storm coming through.’
      • ‘The tide was out, further out than I had seen for a very long time, revealing an expanse of mud and mussel beds.’
      • ‘Possibly, wanderlust could have played a role, following herds up into the Middle East or following the shell fish beds out into the Arabian peninsular and on into India.’
      • ‘The development of sewage systems by Victorian engineers meant human effluent was discharged into the sea, contaminating many shellfish beds.’
      • ‘Terns and eiders had been disturbed, while eiders had been doubly hit because the pickers were depleting the mussel beds on which they feed.’
      • ‘Oyster beds where young oysters are matured are as carefully looked after today as are game preserves.’
      • ‘It was dry at low tide and filled quickly as the tide came in, the sides of the bay were stony and the bay itself was sandy with large mussel beds.’
      • ‘The usual lot were there on the mussel beds, and in the channel, a seal was having a tough time disposing of quite a large salmon.’
      • ‘They winter in open, coastal environments, favoring bays and inlets with sandy shores and shellfish beds.’
      • ‘Even valuable shellfish beds around the coast are in danger because the Government has not implemented proper programmes to reduce pollution.’
      • ‘Not only was it the same colour as the mussel bed, but it had an assortment of tiny shell fragments all over its body.’
      • ‘At first glance there seemed to be nothing on the mussel beds, but closer inspection revealed a few Curlews, and about 100 Golden Plovers.’
      • ‘Horse mussel beds create a habitat for about 100 other species, but they are being destroyed by scallop dredging.’
      • ‘Adjacent clumps of mussels coalesced to form extensive beds, which then served as a secondary substrate for other algal species and associated fauna.’
      • ‘The reef peters out in 25m or so on a dark, sandy seabed where there is a healthy scallop bed.’
      • ‘The island has an untouched oyster bed while the general area has mussel and cockle beds.’
  • 3An area of ground, typically in a garden, where flowers and plants are grown.

    ‘the lawns are flanked by rose beds’
    ‘a bed of tulips’
    • ‘Chickens roam freely between beds of flowers and vegetables.’
    • ‘Five raised beds in the final design represent the five senses and each class in the school has a bed to fill.’
    • ‘Cover any bare soil areas within your beds with a bark or wood chip mulch.’
    • ‘The playground, with a maypole and little roundabouts, and raised beds where children could grow vegetables and flowers, was vitally important.’
    • ‘Raised beds make gardening possible on sites where growing plants would otherwise be impossible.’
    • ‘With Ceres as an inspiration and while the sun shines down, all I want to do is potter around in the garden and start great beds of lush healthy plants.’
    • ‘Therefore, roses are generally most successful if grown in beds away from large plants.’
    • ‘Scented geraniums are undemanding creatures, easy to grow outdoors in garden beds and patio containers or indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘An avid gardener, she planted beds with hardy perennials.’
    • ‘Along with a scent, summer bulbs offer a refreshing variety of colors and textures to enrich the border and beds of any summer garden.’
    • ‘As soon as the ground can be worked, dig or till compost or other organic matter into the soil to prepare flower and vegetable beds for spring planting.’
    • ‘The first step to getting the best from your berries is to straw the bed.’
    • ‘Most home gardeners now opt for planting in beds rather than rows.’
    • ‘Over the years it has been developed, with the creation of borders and central beds filled with flowers, plants, shrubs and trees.’
    • ‘The best camellias are usually grown in beds or in areas where the soil and surroundings offer a friendly home for them.’
    • ‘Outside, the landscaped gardens have water features, rose beds and garden seats.’
    • ‘They brighten woodland gardens and perennial beds, and are useful container plants.’
    • ‘Gardeners who have recently moved almost always welcome new plants to fill empty beds.’
    • ‘Apply general garden fertiliser to beds and borders and lightly work it into the soil surface.’
    • ‘This versatile plant serves the gardener well in beds and borders.’
    patch, plot, area, lot, space, border, strip, row
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  • 4A stratum or layer of rock.

    ‘a bed of clay’
    • ‘The formation is composed of shales, mudstones, sandstones, oil shales and coal beds accumulated in fluvial to lacustrine environments.’
    • ‘The underlying Dosados sandstone member, 80 m below, is the source bed for the intrusions.’
    • ‘The intercalated sedimentary beds were deposited on the tops of basaltic lava flows during periods of volcanic inactivity.’
    • ‘In the upper unit, flat-lying carbonate beds alternate with sands.’
    • ‘The fossiliferous beds at Felsoors have been studied for over 130 years.’
    • ‘The quartz here was in flat-lying beds just below the surface.’
    • ‘Recognizable Ediacaran fossils are concentrated at the base of graded beds and are generally deformed bodies cast in erosional scours.’
    • ‘Sandstone beds within the conglomerates are locally planar cross-bedded.’
    • ‘Some of the sandstone beds are c.1.5 m thick with some cross bedding and burrows.’
    • ‘The development of Skolithos trace fossils on the upper surface of some beds suggests periodical emergence into an intertidal zone.’
    • ‘The sedimentary rocks are well bedded and dominated by mudstones with beds 2-5 m thick.’
    • ‘Passages tend to run parallel to the strata because there are very few joints and they rarely intersect more than one bed.’
    • ‘Ash layers are generally interleaved with beds of lava and sediment, and so a rock that contains such a layer was formed at approximately the time of the ash deposition.’
    • ‘Within the Wessex Formation there are two beds of potential stratigraphic significance.’
    • ‘Most beds are clearly graded, commonly with cross-bedded intervals towards the top.’
    • ‘Offset by the blue of sky, the massive beds of rock stand out in surprising colours.’
    • ‘The burrows are common below omission surfaces and erosion structures at the base of limestone beds.’
    • ‘The sandstone beds have sharp bases, fine upwards, and have rippled tops.’
    • ‘The vivianite occurs in dark brown and dark gray beds of glacial silt and clay.’
    • ‘That year the school was in British Columbia near the site of the now-famous Burgess Shale fossil beds.’
    layer, vein, seam, lode
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  • 5A layer of food on which other foods are served.

    ‘the salad is served on a bed of raw spinach’
    • ‘The parcels were then served on a bed of lettuce with toasted pitta bread.’
    • ‘This wine is ideal with slices of cool turkey, dusted with a little sea salt and draped over a crisp lettuce bed on rye bread.’
    • ‘Serve hot on a bed of onion, tomato and cucumber rings and plenty of tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice.’
    • ‘The fish, coated with polenta and fried was served on a bed of rocket with a reduced red wine sauce as an accompaniment.’
    • ‘Chilli peppers are included in a mixture of minced lamb and flavourings served on a bed of Basmati rice.’
    • ‘These will go into a raw beef salad, the meat marinated in fish sauce and lime juice and the whole lot served on a bed of crispy fried noodle.’
    • ‘They appeared on the dreaded bed of spinach, which is always ghastly.’
    • ‘Show me a menu featuring salmon poached with liquorice and served on a bed of asparagus, and I crave a corned beef sandwich.’
    • ‘Abi had veal on a bed of puy lentils with a gratin of potatoes and butternut squash.’
    • ‘I had the pan-fried goat's cheese on a bed of salad with a brandy and garlic butter.’
    • ‘The cold plate was beautifully presented on a bed of green leaves, with little pots of mustard and mayo, hard boiled eggs and tomato.’
    • ‘Mine was a large piece of pink salmon on a bed of spinach, topped with red and green sauce and matchsticks of courgette.’
    • ‘The baked lamb is served on the bed of rice liberally garnished with almonds and ghee.’
    • ‘These tasty dishes were served on beds of broccoli dressed with chili, garlic, spring onions and other ingredients.’
    • ‘My salad consisted of thin slices of tender chicken and whole, seedless red and green grapes and cherry tomatoes on a bed of salad leaves.’
    • ‘Served on a bed of lettuce, they were declared the best dish from all those sampled.’
    • ‘Arrange a little bed of watercress on four small serving plates, and balance a tartine on top of each.’
    • ‘My main course was beef on a bed of creamed potatoes, with glazed vegetables and a sweet jus.’
    • ‘Serve the pollack on a bed of spring greens and top with the crispy bacon.’
    • ‘I ordered the house speciality - calves liver and spinach on a bed of mashed potato.’
  • 6A flat base or foundation on which something rests or is supported.

    ‘place each paver on a bed of concrete’
    base, basis, foundation, support, prop, stay, bottom, core, substructure, substratum
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    1. 6.1The foundation of a road or railway.
      ‘the pavement consists of granite blocks set on a bed of cobblestones and cement’
      • ‘Workers again placed concrete mud beds on the subgrade under the drains and attached angle iron to them with concrete anchors.’
      • ‘When the train stopped our car was positioned well beyond the station area over the gravel road bed.’
      • ‘Three and a half years passed by, but not one mile of road bed or train tracks was made.’
      • ‘The men you see in the foreground are laying stones to form the bed of the road.’
      • ‘The bed of the railway track is mainly limestone ballast, with ash on the outer margins.’
    2. 6.2North American The open part of a truck, wagon, or cart, where goods are carried.
      ‘the spare tyre in the forward bed of the truck’
      • ‘The woman took notice of me for the first time as I climbed out of the wagon bed with my belongings under my arm.’
      • ‘In one, he's standing beside the open bed of a pickup truck on which lies a giant, dead buck.’
      • ‘Teenagers sat in the beds of pickup trucks with their hands covering their open mouths.’
      • ‘Digging into the boxes stacked on the truck bed, Ian came up with a tin of luncheon meat.’
      • ‘Jordan turned sideways so that his back was against the side of the truck bed.’
      • ‘Next to them on the street a woman sells fruit from her pickup truck, and the bed overflows with pomelos and papayas.’
      • ‘Michael quickly moved out of the bed of the truck and opened the driver side door.’
      • ‘The size of the vehicles also offered the crew a better field of view and permitted them to move more freely in the truck beds.’
      • ‘The large burly man leapt on top of the of the truck bed and unsnapped the locks on the box.’
      • ‘With that he put her bags in the bed of the truck and walked over to the passenger door and opened it.’
      • ‘He said they were built on truck beds so they could be moved from locations likely to be inspected by the United Nations.’
      • ‘The side benches prevent the sandbags from being stacked all the way to the edge of the truck bed.’
      • ‘Tedd got in the bed of the truck and was looking over the cab as we pulled up to the deer.’
      • ‘My bag was in the bed of the truck, so I grabbed it out and tried not to topple over from the lack of balance it caused me.’
      • ‘The forklift operator put it behind the first two pallets, centered on the bed of the truck.’
      • ‘I turned sideways, leaning against the side of the truck bed, and held my arms out to her.’
      • ‘Joe screwed the top back on the canteen, and squeezed, on his back, under the wagon bed.’
      • ‘We see them in sports bars, dark lounges, or spilling from the beds of pick-up trucks.’
      • ‘When they had gone through the first container, a second was delivered on the bed of a huge truck.’
      • ‘Soon, the car was attached by its back bumper to the miniature crane in the bed of the truck.’
    3. 6.3The flat surface beneath the baize of a billiard table.
      • ‘Candle light was replaced by oil lamps, but a tray was still necessary to prevent drips of oil from damaging the cloth covering the bed of the table.’
      • ‘Because the beds of these tables were made of wood, they warped within just a few years.’
      • ‘The profile of the rail cushion, which is the cushion's angle in relation to the bed of the table, varies between table types.’
      • ‘A foul has occurred if the cue ball or an object ball comes in contact on the table's bed.’
      • ‘The antique pool table is a mahogany beauty, six feet by 12 feet, with the words "Northwest" engraved on the underside of the pool table's bed.’

verb

  • 1[no object] Settle down to sleep or rest for the night in an improvised place.

    ‘you can bed down in the shed’
    • ‘We finally made it to the platform we were to sleep on, ate dinner, and bedded down in the mine.’
    • ‘He has friends all over the country, and all over Europe, so he usually finds a place to bed down for a few nights.’
    • ‘Those not staying with relatives were last night preparing to bed down in sleeping bags at the nearby sports and amateur rugby league club, set up as the emergency centre to deal with the incident.’
    • ‘The culprit is thought to have been a homeless man, who bedded down for the night in one of the mobiles and wrote a note of apology, explaining he had nowhere to stay.’
    • ‘For the time being, he had to find a place to bed down for the night.’
    • ‘Anyways, we left Calgary in the morning and bedded down that night on the beach of a tiny island called Keye Caulker.’
    • ‘Picking a good place to bed down for the night can make a big difference in combating the chill.’
    • ‘The Avenue features street kids, many of whom live from night to night, bedding down wherever they can find shelter.’
    • ‘We then departed for a wooded spot a few miles away, where we bedded down in the brush for the night, hoping to regain contact with our colleagues in the morning.’
    • ‘After several hours of chatting and singing, the night grew late and the people began to bed down to sleep.’
    • ‘The rest bedded down in one of the shelters, detox centres, hospital emergency departments, or police cells.’
    • ‘Spiralling numbers of homeless people in South and North Yorkshire are bedding down on the floors of friends or family for years on end because they have nowhere else to go.’
    • ‘But still we arrived at Davy's tiny caravan before midnight, and after turning out the mice, were able to squeeze in and bed down for the night.’
    • ‘When the storm, with winds of up to 120 mph struck, Anna and her family were herded into their hotel's top-floor conference centre and, with blankets and pillows, told to bed down for the night.’
    • ‘Each night as they bedded down, the chimps would call out to one another.’
    • ‘That night he made his way out of town and bedded down on the edge of a shallow gully.’
    • ‘We bedded down in the forest that first night on the way back.’
    • ‘They walk four, or nine, or seventeen days, stretching a sheet on the ground to bed down at night.’
    • ‘The Evening Press reported the 39-year-old kept all his worldly possessions on the back seat, shaved in the rear-view mirror, and bedded down on the driver's seat every night wrapped in a waterproof smock.’
    • ‘Not 25 yards behind me are nearly destitute people preparing to bed down for the night under flimsy pieces of cloth attached to poles.’
    retire, call it a day
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    1. 1.1[with object]Settle a person or animal down to sleep or rest for the night.
      ‘she is grooming the horses and bedding them down for the night’
      • ‘The other horses were brought in and the two girls were kept busy, fetching fresh water and hay for the horses, while the horsemen groomed the animals and bedded them down.’
      • ‘They'd bedded the cattle down, and were making camp.’
      • ‘Stable boys were bedding the horses down for the night or sweeping the stabling area clean.’
      • ‘These workers had real jobs, which included bedding down animals, milking, making cheese and selling farm produce from its busy shop which is popular with consumers looking for locally - produced organic food.’
      • ‘Well, I think we'd best bed you down right now, son.’
      • ‘The feed was there to keep her weight on, the straw was there to bed her down on; and in my eyes the loanee was getting a very good deal, yet it still wasn't enough.’
      • ‘Beginning with the basic decision about whether to have a pony at all, veterinary surgeon Hugh Venables addresses the questions of where to keep it, how to house it, where to bed it down, and how to properly equip a stable.’
      • ‘We decided for the first movie we'd get The Full Monty, but because a lot of people wanted to see it and they had small kids, they had no other alternative but to bring the kids and bed them down on the floor.’
      • ‘The avener and his young son, no more than nine years old, were bedding down the horses for the night and shushing them quietly, trying to calm them as best they could.’
      • ‘As darkness enveloped us we made our way back to the kennels, it was time to feed the dogs then bed them down for the night.’
      • ‘We bedded him down on Friday night, tired and a little drunk, in the living room, at 2am, next to a radiator and directly opposite the morning sun, which our house faces.’
      • ‘Each evening the horses were bedded down, fed, watered, cosseted and crooned at.’
      • ‘You'll need to see to the horse's injury and bed him down.’
      • ‘We'll go get coffee and chaser when you're finished bedding her down.’
    2. 1.2informal [with object]Have sexual intercourse with.
      ‘he should bed a woman of his own age and leave this girl alone’
      • ‘He sold the story of how he bedded her on his first date to the News of the World for £15,000.’
      • ‘She wooed her by writing her a fabulous part in the nursing academy's Christmas play, and bedded her in the dormitory soon after.’
      • ‘You don't deserve a man who's killed other men and bedded other women.’
      • ‘He is renowned for bedding scores of women.’
      • ‘The singer has confessed he got fat after getting bored with bedding lots of different women.’
      • ‘She has rubbished the singer's claim that he bedded four of the five members of the group.’
      • ‘He regularly bedded secretaries and prostitutes provided by friendly governments.’
      • ‘They solved some crimes and bedded a lot of bikini-clad women.’
      • ‘Her husband Nick is the one who bedded Kath, and this devastating truth forces Elaine ruthlessly to re-evaluate their shared past.’
      • ‘I wonder if the actress knew this when she was bedded by him.’
      • ‘He is caught bedding his partner's best friend.’
      • ‘In 500 years he only beds one woman and even then has to pay for the privilege.’
      • ‘Just days after the troubled rapper checked into a rehab clinic for a sleeping pill addiction, the pop diva has vehemently denied he bedded her.’
      • ‘In the film, Christina will play a young woman who beds complete strangers whenever she has a panic attack.’
      • ‘But even if he was a crime lord who bedded whores and killed his subordinates, I had seen the kind side of him too long to absolutely hate him.’
      • ‘Rock musicians spend all their time bedding models and ingesting narcotics.’
      • ‘And by the end of the night, he'd have bedded all of them.’
      • ‘The day of nuptials culminated with a brief comedy moment - as members of the cast hit the dancefloor to reveal some interesting moves - before ruthless Rob bedded the bridesmaid to keep the sordid secret under wraps.’
      • ‘Most men who interview her write as if they want to bed her.’
      • ‘He bedded scores of women and got drunk with his men and worshipped his king.’
  • 2[with object] Transfer (a plant) from a pot or seed tray to a garden plot.

    ‘I bedded out some houseplants’
    • ‘I have bedded my tomato plants in the greenhouse and some more in the veg patch, whilst the wife has potted her crab apple tree in the planter.’
    • ‘I dealt with it by spending the day in the garden, potting and bedding-in a batch of new flowers.’
    • ‘Some fifteen boxes of daylilies and irises were sent over last weekend, and they will need to be bedded soon.’
    • ‘The best time to bed new strawberries is in early spring.’
    • ‘Bed the plants into the prepared trench and cover the roots with soil, which should be watered if dry.’
    plant, plant out, set in beds, set in soil, put in the ground, set out, transplant
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  • 3[with object] Fix firmly; embed.

    ‘the posts should be firmly bedded in concrete’
    • ‘Now the council has stepped in to try and make some of them safe by using a hoist to lift the stones and bedding them in concrete two feet deep.’
    • ‘The track in Australia is not deeply bedded on a firm base and much of it lacks proper drainage.’
    • ‘She returned to the task of bolting together the sides of her small greenhouse and bedding them into the soil.’
    • ‘He commented on the ease with which slabs were removed, demonstrating that they were not firmly bedded to 75% depth in accordance with our printed recommendations.’
    • ‘The loose stone is where it needs bedding in but workmen will be on site this week to carry out repairs and we will be doing the best we can but there will still be loose stones until it is bedded in.’
    embed, set, fix into, insert, inlay, implant, bury, base, plant, settle
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    1. 3.1[with object]Lay or arrange (something, especially stone) in a layer.
      ‘crazy paving has to be bedded on a solid base of hard core’
      • ‘The granitoids and the steeply bedded sedimentary rocks that they intruded are cut by steep or vertical regional cleavage.’
      • ‘In this core, a 100m thick impact breccia underlies 50 cm of bedded dolomitic limestone with diverse planktic foraminiferal assemblages of zone CF1 that spans the last 300 ka of the Maastrichtian.’
      • ‘During the middle to late Tertiary Period, dikes, sills, and small irregular bodies of mafic to silicic igneous material were intruded into the bedded sedimentary and volcanic rocks.’
      • ‘The lower part of the section in the Ninemile Formation consists of dominant shales with micritic laminated limestone beds, which is succeeded by 21 metres of rubbly bedded nodular limestones with shale partings.’
      • ‘The veins extend perpendicularly from the thrust fault across the skarn and pinch out in overlying rhythmically bedded limestone.’
      • ‘The focus of this article is the mineralization that occurs within a 10-25 meter layer of bedded pillow lava that overlies subaqueous flow lobes and massive columnar basalt that is well exposed in the quarry.’
      • ‘Often, the stones split along the bedding planes, especially on thinly bedded slabs.’
      • ‘It is represented by the E-Lert Formation of the Ratburi Group, consisting of mudstone, shale, sandstone, and limestone with a few bedded cherts.’
      • ‘The age of the tuff collected from bedded volcanic rocks newly exposed in the quarry at Bardon Hill is less easy to interpret.’
      • ‘The Haluut Bulag melange is dominantly sedimentary with lenses of bedded limestone, sandstone, siltstone, and locally vesicular basalt, enclosed in a matrix of pelitic schist.’
      • ‘The sedimentary rocks are well bedded and dominated by mudstones with beds 2-5 m thick.’
      • ‘The Charnian Supergroup is a bedded sequence of volcanic rocks (largely tuffs) with, at the top of the sequence, a thick pelite devoid of volcanic input.’
      • ‘Chert layers and nodules are relatively abundant and it is striking that many limestone beds display, in their middle part, a 2-8 cm thick, irregularly bedded chert layer.’
      • ‘To emphasize the characteristics of the bedded rocks, the right- and left-hand columns of Figure 4 exclude the primary volcanic facies.’
      • ‘This is the only location where bedded sedimentary rocks were observed to be in direct contact with the pillow basalts.’
      • ‘The Formation with a total thickness of 2,500 m in the area generally consists of calcareous sandstone, greywacke and silt interbeds, with some massive and median-thickly bedded limestones.’
      • ‘It is represented by the uppermost Nong Pong and the uppermost Khao Khad Formations of the Saraburi Group, consisting of limestone with a few bedded cherts, shale, sandstone and a few volcanics.’
      • ‘A mile away across the valley the far cliffs stood in white limestone buttresses bedded on red scree slopes, glowing in early sun.’
      • ‘From the Early Aptian to the latest Albian, a c.750 m thick succession of cyclically bedded marlstones and limestones was deposited in the centre of the basin.’
      • ‘They consist of extremely fine-grained evenly bedded limestone, formerly quarried for use in printing.’
    2. 3.2[no object]Settle down and become established.
      ‘a period of calm will allow the changes to bed in’
      • ‘Her 40 a day smokers voice is really bedding in well.’
      • ‘But, he said, there was now a ‘spring in Scotland's step again ’, with the Parliament now bedding in.’
      • ‘One or two of our new players are bedding in well now though, so we go there with real optimism.’
      • ‘As the change beds in, smoking will seem less and less like a normal thing to do.’
      • ‘While the education authority is keen to talk up the new system, it admits there are likely to be hiccups as it beds in.’
      • ‘The team now have a squad consisting of 26 players bedding in.’
      • ‘That would keep up last season's momentum, and with work under way on the club's youth academy, bedding in a couple of youngsters could be crucial.’
      • ‘Can I ask how you see the relationship developing between police authorities and the IPCC, when the process beds in?’
      • ‘Some guys would let that sort of result go to their heads, but Alastair is just interested in bedding in for the future.’
      • ‘These are the prices given when a new property is still bedding in, although do check which facilities are up and running before you commit - spas, pools and gyms often open well after the accommodation.’
      • ‘We still have a bit of bedding in to do as it's a completely new environment for everyone.’
      • ‘With a sprinkling of new players still bedding in, they looked ill at ease in the face of a familiar, and formidable, United side.’
      • ‘We felt, however, that while the schools are bedding in, the dining room should be divided to allow teachers to operate the most effective supervision of school pupils.’
      • ‘I think, again, like some of the things we have been doing over the last four years, this takes time to bed itself in so we will have to wait.’

Phrases

  • bed and board

    • Lodging and food, typically forming part of someone's wages.

      ‘she had bed and board and two shillings a day pay’
      • ‘This is basically an address book of organic producers looking for casual workers willing to dig up a few spuds or milk the odd goat in exchange for bed and board.’
      • ‘She began her career as an impoverished illustrator, earning her bed and board as the lowly assistant manager of an undergraduate dormitory at New York University.’
      • ‘In return for volunteers' helping hands, hosts provide bed and board, and share their knowledge and expertise.’
      • ‘They come to the UK for six weeks to two years, living with and working for a family in exchange for free bed and board and £50 spending money a week.’
      • ‘As well as bed and board, she would be granted a generous wage.’
      • ‘He was asked to take in a young man who urgently needed overnight accommodation, and told he would be paid for his trouble, and compensated for bed and board.’
      • ‘His volunteers have to pay for their flight, insurance and pocket money, but the orphanage provides free bed and board.’
      • ‘Every student will get full bed and board and at the moment, we're working on what it should cost.’
      • ‘Even in my first job I had bed and board and with £6 a week to spend on myself I was rich beyond belief.’
      • ‘He was taken in by a busy cook who offered him bed and board in exchange for skivvying.’
  • bed of nails

    • 1A board with nails pointing out of it, as lain on by fakirs and ascetics.

      • ‘The devoted England fan who showed his passion by lying on a bed of nails during the clash with Brazil has been invited to go to Japan and repeat the performance - during the World Cup final.’
      • ‘Then, Craig told us about how his father once lay on a bed of nails and he then got on top of his father and lifted weights.’
      • ‘It's like walking on broken glass, lying on a bed of nails and having a concrete block broken on your chest.’
      • ‘An instructor of Indian traditional dance swirled and swayed on a bed of nails for more than 30 minutes in Kuala Lumpur, leaving her with slightly bloodied feet and claims to a record.’
      • ‘The word fakir often brings to mind the image of a thin, old Indian man, lying on a bed of nails, walking on hot coals or accomplishing any other kind of apparently impossible demonstration.’
      • ‘He watches a fakir twirl on his nose on a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Lying on a bed of nails, while a 7,000 kg truck over his stomach, he did not flinch for even a second.’
      • ‘He lies on a bed of nails buried under a stack of cement blocks and walks on broken glass and machetes in his bare feet.’
      • ‘Alex can ride the unicycle, lie on a bed of nails, spin plates, juggle, deliver gags and is now mastering the art of puppetry.’
      • ‘It felt as if she was walking on a bed of nails barefoot.’
      1. 1.1A problematic or uncomfortable situation.
        ‘he took over the Liberal leadership after that bed of nails had been vacated by Lord Rosebery’
        • ‘However, those who suffered extreme injustice would have to go through a tough test before they were permitted to see the local governor - they would have to lie on a bed of nails.’
        • ‘I was there as the Sunday Herald's village idiot, I'd made my bed of nails, and I was going to have to lie on it.’
        • ‘Ms Hardy, the first woman to occupy the editor's bed of nails, falls, alas, into the latter category.’
        • ‘Instead, I mulled over the sequence of events bringing me here to this bed of nails.’
        • ‘She first realised that her film career was on the skids when she signed up to do a film called Bed of Roses with Christian Slater which turned out to be a bed of nails.’
        • ‘Of course, in a high-intensity country like the United States, we don't need a bed of nails.’
        • ‘The life she knew would take her nowhere except downhill, where, she expected, a bed of nails awaited her.’
        • ‘Much will depend on their top order to perform the rescue-act, otherwise they will be sitting on a bed of nails.’
        • ‘So a third term for the prime minister would immediately be a bed of nails unless he made major concessions to his critics.’
        • ‘Motherhood is a bed of nails that requires a lot of adjustment before you can get comfortable.’
  • a bed of roses

    • [usually with negative]Used in reference to a situation or activity that is comfortable or easy.

      ‘farming is no bed of roses’
      • ‘Admittedly, my pregnancy wasn't great - all day morning sickness put paid to that - and the birth was no bed of roses either.’
      • ‘Working as a social worker, particularly with the Government agencies, is not a bed of roses; it is a very tough job to do.’
      • ‘There are hardly any women in racing and it is not a bed of roses, but I keep my head down and let my driving do the talking.’
      • ‘People think that life is a bed of roses if you're a professional golfer, but life is very hard on the Challenge Tour.’
      • ‘We've been told, by countless shrinks and well-meaning friends, that marriage is no everlasting bed of roses.’
      • ‘Acting is no bed of roses at the best of times, but those early years can be particularly hazardous.’
      • ‘Though he quickly notes that that it was not all a bed of roses, he took away more good than bad from his youth.’
      • ‘I don't expect it to be a bed of roses but if it all crumbles I will pick up the pieces in my own way, without the help of lawyers.’
      • ‘I like the experience but it's not all a bed of roses.’
      • ‘Most young people think married life is a bed of roses.’
      ease, freedom from hardship, repose, relaxation, serenity, tranquillity, contentment, content, well-being, cosiness, enjoyment
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  • be brought to bed

    • archaic Give birth to a child.

      ‘she was brought to bed of a daughter’
      • ‘In early fall Estelle was brought to bed of the child.’
      • ‘Nine months later she was brought to bed of a son.’
      • ‘Although she had been brought to bed and completed her ‘crying out’, she was still ‘in the straw’ (alluding to early bed-fillings) and would remain so for a full month.’
      • ‘When the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.’
      • ‘Soon Estelle could no longer bear to stand and was brought to bed to deliver the child.’
  • get out of bed on the wrong side (or usget up on the wrong side of the bed)

    • Start the day in a bad mood, which continues all day long.

      ‘did you get out of bed on the wrong side this morning?’
      • ‘She just got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.’
      • ‘The problem is that I think I got out of bed on the wrong side today - or rather, more accurately, the problem is that I got up at all.’
      • ‘He probably just got up on the wrong side of the bed.’
      • ‘Woah, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed!’
      • ‘All of us get out of bed on the wrong side sometimes.’
      • ‘Either he got up on the wrong side of the bed today, or he's just fed up with the Franco-German international shuffle.’
      • ‘He seems to have got out of bed on the wrong side.’
      • ‘‘Geez, someone sure got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning,’ Nell commented as she climbed in and put her seatbelt on.’
      • ‘Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.’
      • ‘O.K., I see she got up on the wrong side of the bed.’
  • in bed with

    • 1informal Having sexual intercourse with.

      ‘he found the missus in bed with one of the neighbours’
      • ‘My decision was finalized when I caught him in bed with another woman.’
      • ‘Then one day, you're gonna come home and find your wife in bed with another man.’
      • ‘He found his wife in bed with another man, shot them both, and then himself.’
      • ‘In due course, she ends up in bed with each of them, and soon thereafter she announces she's pregnant.’
      • ‘Marjorie, who used to spend every Friday night in bed with a different man, has been binging and purging since eleven.’
      • ‘A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door.’
      • ‘There is a scene where Rupert is in bed with another man and a phone call comes.’
      • ‘They're used to seeing a female and thinking about what it's like to be in bed with her.’
      • ‘In June of that year, he came home from work one night and found his wife in bed with another man.’
      • ‘I went looking for him and found him in bed with a slut that was also on the cheerleading squad.’
      • ‘Bob ends up in bed with the lounge singer from the hotel, we we all have been making fun of from the beginning of the film.’
      • ‘A wife came home just in time to find her husband in bed with another woman.’
      • ‘She was in bed with her lover, a single blanket covering their entwined limbs.’
      have sex with, have sexual intercourse with, make love to, sleep with, spend the night with
      couple with, mate with
      bed, score with
      have one's way with, have one's wicked way with
      copulate with
      fornicate with
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      1. 1.1In undesirably close association with.
        ‘he was in bed with the Mob’
        • ‘It does sound too much like our reporters are in bed with the military.’
        • ‘In 1987 in Queensland, captains of the vice industry were found in bed with senior police.’
        • ‘How can my views have any validity if they put me in bed with either of the above?’
        • ‘Not only that, they are also in bed with the Liberal Democrats to form what they all term a ‘partnership’.’
        • ‘Pharmaceutical companies may not be in bed with your doctor, but more and more they are in class with your doctor.’
        • ‘But had I been able to ask these questions, I suppose I would have been accused of being in bed with the president.’
        • ‘You should choose someone who doesn't have a history of being in bed with the bad guys.’
        • ‘When you're in bed with the police, you've got an interest in getting along.’
        • ‘And democracies are in bed with communist and military regimes.’
        • ‘Today's unions are in bed with the enemy.’
  • keep one's bed

    • archaic Stay in bed because of illness.

      • ‘She was suffering from an incurable organic spinal complaint which had obliged her to keep her bed for seven years.’
      • ‘It continued till my coming here to Berwick, and then became so vehement, turning to a flux of blood with so great pain as was possible, that I was constrained to keep my bed 15 days.’
      • ‘Then the fever begins to seize them, and they keep their beds two days, very seldom three.’
  • one has made one's bed and must lie in (or on) it

    • One must accept the consequences of one's actions.

      • ‘He has made his bed and must lie in it.’
      • ‘He knows he has made his bed and must lie in it.’
      • ‘Even if she had transportation, a woman would not ask anyone for help, because the prevailing attitude held that she had made her bed and must lie in it.’
  • put someone to bed

    • Prepare someone, typically a child, for rest in bed.

      ‘Clare put her to bed and gave her a mug of cocoa’
      • ‘My wife was out late last night, so I put Zachery to bed.’
      • ‘Tonight, as I was changing Alex before putting her to bed, she did something she never did before.’
      • ‘I had the pleasure of cooking dinner, feeding, bathing and putting Franklin to bed on my own.’
      • ‘My mother would put me to bed and I'd scream and scream.’
      • ‘The baby started screaming as soon as I tried to give him his bottle and put him to bed.’
      • ‘She said: ‘When we put Ethan to bed on Tuesday night he was fine, but it crept up overnight and on Wednesday morning he was unconscious and had purple blotches on his skin.’’
      • ‘He would come home, put Jack to bed as I cooked dinner, then we'd eat and have some quiet time together.’
      • ‘When we put him to bed, he wants to tell us about his day.’
      • ‘Denise said the accident happened after she had been putting Cameron to bed in his own bedroom and someone knocked at the door.’
      • ‘The children were put to bed early that evening.’
  • put something to bed

    • 1informal Make a newspaper or book ready for press.

      ‘the newspaper will often be put to bed the day before the publication date’
      • ‘They'd found out at night, just as they were putting the paper to bed, and included as much relevant information as they could confirm at the time.’
      • ‘It all began after I stopped by the pub after putting the paper to bed on new year's eve to share a shandy with the troops.’
      • ‘It didn't matter how close to putting the paper to bed, if it was a story she really needed she would wait right through to the end, but she would be a very cross lady.’
      • ‘Everywhere around me, the editorial staff were putting the magazine to bed.’
      • ‘Eventually it was done, the paper was put to bed, set up on the printing press and rolled out for dispatch.’
      • ‘The key match finished well beyond the time most papers are put to bed.’
      • ‘The vast amount of our usage is not taken from the paper, it's content we produce once the newspaper is put to bed.’
      • ‘The news was one of two late good news breaks about the health service as we put the newspaper to bed on Thursday afternoon.’
      • ‘He catches the cramped, grotty frisson of the reporters' room, the professionalism instilled by hard-nosed old hands in the game, the lure of the bars when the final edition had been put to bed.’
      • ‘Got a long day tomorrow; I'm putting a magazine to bed.’
      1. 1.1Deal with conclusively.
        ‘I hope that puts to bed all the nonsense’
        ‘the university debate needs putting to bed’
        ‘one theatre season has been put to bed and another is just springing to life’
        • ‘He confirmed however that by the time the redundancy package is put to bed up to 1,500 jobs will have been axed.’
        • ‘Everywhere around me, the editorial staff were putting the magazine to bed.’
        • ‘Sources close to the government said that Martin Cullen, the transport minister, is determined to put the terminal issue to bed.’
        • ‘I can now at least put one major issue to bed.’
        • ‘Managed to make some headway on putting the garden to bed for the winter too.’
        • ‘With all due respect, I just want to put that argument to bed.’
        • ‘They want to see this case put to bed.’
        • ‘With that rant put to bed, lets talk about more important things, like the game itself.’
        • ‘The nuclear option is by no means put to bed.’
        • ‘Now Sinn Fein's Eamonn McConvey is demanding the the issue is ' put to bed '.’
  • take to one's bed

    • Stay in bed because of illness.

      ‘he took to his bed for a week with a chill’
      • ‘And then I had an awful headache so was forced to take to my bed for an hour.’
      • ‘Henrietta had similar symptoms at age thirteen and took to her bed for years.’
      • ‘In 1980, following the New York play, she went to LA to write sitcoms but, when her ideas were rejected, she took to her bed for six weeks with a breakdown.’
      • ‘On one cold winter night, she caught fever and took to her bed.’
      • ‘By the time she mounted the carriage for her dress fitting, she was ready to take to her bed and cry illness for the next few weeks.’
      • ‘My stress levels soared so high that I developed second trimester pregnancy complications and was ordered by my doctor to take to my bed and avoid the news.’
      • ‘In 1896 she again took to her bed, this time to stay.’
      • ‘Last night I took to my bed at the early hour of eight, and spent a hoarse night waking a lot and feeling crampy and sorry for myself.’
      • ‘Usually when I'm sick or getting sick, I start to feel droopy and miserable and cranky and unable to function, and I just want to take to my bed.’
      • ‘I'd pretty well given up on the day, took an early lunch, popped a couple of painkillers and took to my bed.’

Origin

Old English bed, bedd (noun), beddian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bed and German Bett.

Pronunciation:

bed

/bɛd/

Definition of BEd in English:

BEd

  • Bachelor of Education.

    • ‘Students of the Pratap College of Education here have secured four of the top five positions in the BEd examination conducted by Panjab University.’
    • ‘One BEd student told the union: ‘Teaching is not a job that can be done without a degree.’’
    • ‘Rose of Tralee Orla O'Shea swapped her tiara for a mortarboard yesterday when she graduated from Mary Immaculate teacher training college in Limerick.Orla, who was conferred with a BEd, teaches in a girls' school in Swords, Co Dublin.’
    • ‘He is studying for a BEd in English Literature and works as a freelance journalist.’
    • ‘From there I thought I might make more difference lecturing to BEd students at a university.’
    • ‘He did his BEd. and MA in Economics from AMU and topped the list of successful candidates in MA for which he was awarded University Medal.’
    • ‘Wendy obtained a BSc HEc in 1988, BEd in 1993 and an MSc in 1994, at the University of Saskatchewan.’
    • ‘While there are undergraduate routes into teaching - mainly through the four-year BEd course - few aspiring secondary science teachers currently follow this path.’
    • ‘She was a BCom student and was suspected to be depressed because she did not get marks required to get admission to a BEd course.’
    • ‘A native of Armagh, she was educated at St Catherine's college, Armagh and gained a Honours BEd degree from St Mary's University Belfast.’

Pronunciation:

BEd

/biːˈɛd/