ldoce_020_ibedbed1 /bed/ ●●●S1W1 noun1sleep [countable, uncountable] a piece of furniture that you sleep onin bedSimon lay in bed thinking.You should go to bed early.She got into bed and turned out the light.before bed (=before going to bed)Dad has a whisky before bed. →camp bed, four-poster bed, sofa bed2sex [uncountable] informal used to refer to having sexI came home and found him in bed with (=having sex with) my best friend.He wanted me to go to bed with him.He’s been trying to get his secretary into bed.She told me he was good in bed (=a skilful lover).3river/lake/sea [countable]HEO the flat ground at the bottom of a river, lake, or seathe sea bed► see thesaurus at bottom4garden [countable]DLG an area of a garden, park etc that has been prepared for plants to grow inrose beds5rock [countable]HEG a layer of rock →bedrock(2)6lowest layer [singular]BOTTOM a layer of something that forms a base that other things are put on top ofbed ofprawns on a bed of lettuce7HEOin river/water [countable] an area at the edge of a river or in deeper water where things growan oyster bedThe birds build their nests in reed beds along the river bank.8 →get out of bed on the wrong side9 →not a bed of roses10 →you’ve made your bed and you must lie on it11 →put something to bedGRAMMAR: Patterns with bedon the bed• You use on the bed when someone is not covered by sheets or blankets: He sat on the bed and took off his shoes.I lay on the bed and looked at the ceiling.in bed• You use in bed when someone is covered with sheets or blankets: I spent the morning in bed.in the bed• You use in the bed to refer to a particular bed: There was no one in the bed.COLLOCATIONSverbsgo to bedWhat time do you go to bed at night?get into bed/get out of bedI usually read for a bit after I get into bed.climb into bedLucy climbed into bed and lay awake thinking.crawl into bed (=get into bed feeling very tired)We finally crawled into bed at three in the morning.jump into/out of bedI jumped out of bed and ran over to the window.get somebody out of bed (=make someone get out of bed)His mother couldn’t get him out of bed in the mornings.stay in bed (=not get up early/at the usual time)At the weekend it’s really nice to be able to stay in bed.make the bed (=tidy the sheets and covers after you get up)Don’t forget to make your bed before you go out!change a bed (=put clean sheets on it)You should change the beds at least once a fortnight.put somebody to bed (=put a child in their bed)I put the baby to bed at 7 o'clock as usual.take to your bed written (=go to bed because you feel ill)Guy had a stomach ache and took to his bed.adjectivesa single bed (=for one person)There was only a single bed.a double bed (=a bed for two people)Would you like a double bed or twin beds?a king-size bed (=a very big double bed)a queen-size bed (=a big bed for two people)twin beds (=two single beds in a room)bunk beds (=two single beds joined together one above the other)The kids love sleeping in bunk beds.a spare bed (=a bed for visitors to your home)Come and stay any time – we have a spare bed.a feather bed (=a bed with feathers in the mattress)phrasesthe foot/head of the bed (=the bottom/top of the bed)I woke up to find someone standing at the foot of the bed.(it’s) time for bedShe sat and sewed until it was time for bed.
bed• Are you about ready to bed down for the night, Bern?• So the total effect was like bedding down for the night on the north face of Kilimanjaro.• Luch bedded on a bag of bracken in a corner, but she and Ranald woke earlier than the old man.• It can also be used to bedwoodfloorblocks, cork and vinyltiles.BEdBEd British English, B.Ed. American English /biː ˈed/ noun [countable](Bachelor of Education) a first universitydegree in education