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1 box /ˈbɑːks/ noun
plural boxes
1 box
/ˈbɑːks/
noun
plural boxes
Learner's definition of BOX
[count]
: a container that is made of a hard material (such as wood, metal, or cardboard) and that usually has four straight sides
: the amount of something inside a box
[count] : a container used for holding mail or papers especially in an office
see also in-box, mailbox, out-box
[count] : a piece of electronic equipment that is contained inside a box
see also black box, gearbox
the box British, informal : a television
[count] : a small area or section of seats that is separated from other seats inside a theater, stadium, or courtroom see picture at theater; see also box seat, luxury box, press box, skybox
[count] : a closed shape with four sides on a piece of paper, a Web page, etc.: such as
: a square in which you make a mark (such as an X) to show that you choose something
: a square or rectangle around special information in a document, book, etc.
[count] : an area on a sports field that is used for a special purpose
especially : one of six areas on a baseball field that are marked by lines and that show where the batter, pitcher, catcher, and coaches stand
see also penalty box
[count] British : 1cup 6
[count] chiefly British : an area where two streets cross that is marked by painted lines to show where cars are not allowed to stop but can only pass through
called also (British) box junction

think outside the box

◊ If you think outside the box, your thoughts are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition, and you have ideas that are creative and unusual.
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2 box /ˈbɑːks/ verb
boxes; boxed; boxing
2 box
/ˈbɑːks/
verb
boxes; boxed; boxing
Learner's definition of BOX
[+ object]
: to put (something) in a box
often + up

box in

[phrasal verb]
box (someone or something) in
: to surround (someone or something) and make movement difficult
usually used as (be) boxed in
sometimes used figuratively
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3 box /ˈbɑks/ verb
boxes; boxed; boxing
3 box
/ˈbɑks/
verb
boxes; boxed; boxing
Learner's definition of BOX
: to participate in the sport of boxing : to fight with the hands often while wearing very thick gloves
[no object]
[+ object]
see also kickboxing, shadowbox

box someone's ears

old-fashioned
: to hit someone on the sides of the head or on the ears
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4 box /ˈbɑks/ noun
plural boxes
4 box
/ˈbɑks/
noun
plural boxes
Learner's definition of BOX
[count, noncount]
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