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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
give a wide berth to
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shelf or bunk for sleeping on a ship or train.
I like sleeping in the upper berth.
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definition 2: the space allotted to a ship to dock or anchor.
As the ship maneuvered into its berth, the passengers waved to friends and family waiting on shore.
definition 3: the space needed by a ship to maneuver safely.
Small craft allowed the ship a wide berth.
definition 4: a job or position.
similar words:
billet, office, position
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phrase: give a wide berth to
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: berths, berthing, berthed
definition: to bring (a ship) into a docking or anchoring space.
They berthed the ship slowly but safely.
similar words:
dock, wharf
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to come to dock or anchor.
High winds made it impossible for the ship to berth.
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Homophone Note
The words berth and birth sound alike but have different meanings. Birth is the thing you celebrate on your birthday.