I UK [pleɪt] / US noun
Word forms "plate":
singular plate plural plates
1) [countable] a flat round dish that you put food on

Rinse the plates before putting them in the dishwasher.

paper plates

a) plate or plateful the amount of food that a plate will hold
plate of:

a plate of sandwiches

b) American a platter served in a restaurant
c) a flat round dish used for collecting money, especially in a church

There will be a plate at the back for any donations.

2) [countable] a piece of metal or a hard substance used for covering or protecting something
a) a piece of metal put into a part of someone's body to protect it

Surgeons covered the wound in his skull with a metal plate.

b) a piece of metal used for covering something, or for joining two parts of something together

Workers put a steel plate over the hole in the roadway.

They welded a large plate to the side of the damaged ship.

c) one of the flat pieces of bone, horn etc that protect the body of some animals
3) [countable] a small piece of metal or plastic that is fixed to something and used for showing information such as someone's name or a number

You can find the serial number on a plate inside the door of the refrigerator.

a) [uncountable] a thin layer of silver or gold that covers a less valuable metal to improve its appearance
b) forks, spoons, plates etc that are covered by a layer of silver or gold
5) [countable] a piece of metal used, especially in the past, for printing the words and pictures in books
a) a picture printed on special paper in a book

The book contains 35 colour plates.

b) a piece of glass covered in chemicals that react with light, used especially in the past for producing images that could then be printed as photographs
a) [countable] a piece of plastic or metal with false teeth fixed to it that is made to fit inside your mouth
b) a piece of plastic with wires fixed to it that you wear in your mouth to make your teeth straight
7) [countable] one of the layers of rock that form the surface of the Earth

have a lot/enough/too much on your plate — to have a lot of/enough/too many things to worry about or deal with

With three kids and a full-time job, she's got enough on her plate already.

II UK [pleɪt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "plate":
present tense I/you/we/they plate he/she/it plates present participle plating past tense plated past participle plated
1) to cover a metal object with a thin layer of gold or silver
a) to protect something with a piece of metal
b) if hard layers of bone, horn etc plate an animal's body, they cover and protect it

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