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1 plate /ˈpleɪt/ noun
plural plates
1 plate
/ˈpleɪt/
noun
plural plates
Learner's definition of PLATE
[count]
: a flat and usually round dish that is used for eating or serving food
see picture at place setting
: the food that is served on a plate
[count] : a thin, flat piece of metal
see also breastplate, nameplate
[count] : one of the usually flat, hard pieces that cover the body of some animals
[singular] : a dish or small container used in some churches to collect money
the plate baseball : home plate see also step up to the plate (below)
[count] geology : one of the very large sections of the Earth's surface that are believed to move and cause earthquakes where they touch each other see also plate tectonics
[noncount]
: metal that is covered with a thin layer of gold or silver
: objects (such as dishes, knives, forks, etc.) that are covered with a thin layer of gold or silver
[count] : a special page in a book that has pictures on it
see also bookplate
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[count] : a surface of metal, plastic, or wood that is used in printing words or pictures on paper
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[count] : a sheet of glass or plastic that is treated with a special chemical and used in photography
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[count] : the part of a set of false teeth that attaches to the mouth

clean your plate

see 2clean

on a plate

informal
: in a way that requires no effort : as a gift

on your plate

informal
used to refer to the things that a person has to do or deal with at one time

step up to the plate

baseball
: to move into position next to home plate in order to bat often used figuratively in U.S. English
see also fashion plate
2 plate /ˈpleɪt/ verb
plates; plated; plating
2 plate
/ˈpleɪt/
verb
plates; plated; plating
Learner's definition of PLATE
[+ object]
: to add a layer of metal to the outside of (something) usually used as (be) plated
baseball : to cause (a run or a runner) to score
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