WOTW: bed

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triplo word of the week - bed

 

今週の #WOTW は「bed」です。’Bed’ is a noun, a verb, and a place some of us find hard to get out of in the morning. Let’s have a look at the noun first.

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- I bought a new bed, but it’s too big for my room. (A piece of furniture for sleep or rest, typically a framework with a mattress.)

- To do away with waiting lists, more beds need to be added to hospitals across de country. (places for patients)

- A bed of straw covered the stable. (a place for an animal to sleep)

- They divorced because he’s bad in bed. (sexual activity)

- The bed of the canals in Amsterdam is full of interesting things people threw in. (the bottom of a canal, river, lake, or sea, also used as ‘riverbed’, ‘seabed’…)

- I’d put rose beds to the sides and a bed of gardenias at the back. (where flowers and plants are grown in garden)

- The food was served on a bed of roasted potatoes. (a layer of food on which other food is served)

- A bed of concrete is poured as a foundation in some buildings. (a base on which something rests)

- They had to go through several beds of sediments before they found any traces of a settlement. (layers of rock or sediments)

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Now, the verb and phrasal verbs.

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- He’s bedding down the children now. (settle a person or animal down to sleep)

- It takes several dates for me to bed someone. (have sexual intercourse)

- I’m afraid that if I bed out my strawberries the birds might eat them. (transfer plants from a pot to a garden)

- If you don’t properly bed the house, it might collapse during an earthquake. (set firmly)

- Be patient, it’ll all bed in. (settle down and become established)

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Another related verb in ‘embed’, which means put or fix something into something else that’s surrounding it. This can also be an adjective by adding ~ed to it, eg. ‘embedded journalist’ to refer to a journalist that moves with an army, or ‘embedded values’, of a set of values that are accepted in a society.

There are also quite a few phrases, but you’ll have to wait until next week to know them, although we enthusiastically encourage you to go on and check them out yourself!

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