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Meaning & Definition of Lock in English

English

Lock

/lɑk/

noun

1. A fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed

    synonym:
  • lock

2. A strand or cluster of hair

    synonym:
  • lock
  • ,
  • curl
  • ,
  • ringlet
  • ,
  • whorl

3. A mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun

    synonym:
  • lock

4. Enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level

  • Used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it
    synonym:
  • lock
  • ,
  • lock chamber

5. A restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key

    synonym:
  • lock
  • ,
  • ignition lock

6. Any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured

    synonym:
  • lock

verb

1. Fasten with a lock

  • "Lock the bike to the fence"
    synonym:
  • lock

2. Keep engaged

  • "Engaged the gears"
    synonym:
  • engage
  • ,
  • mesh
  • ,
  • lock
  • ,
  • operate

3. Become rigid or immoveable

  • "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
    synonym:
  • lock

4. Hold in a locking position

  • "He locked his hands around her neck"
    synonym:
  • lock
  • ,
  • interlock
  • ,
  • interlace

5. Become engaged or intermeshed with one another

  • "They were locked in embrace"
    synonym:
  • interlock
  • ,
  • lock

6. Hold fast (in a certain state)

  • "He was locked in a laughing fit"
    synonym:
  • lock

7. Place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape

  • "The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend"
  • "She locked her jewels in the safe"
    synonym:
  • lock in
  • ,
  • lock away
  • ,
  • lock
  • ,
  • put away
  • ,
  • shut up
  • ,
  • shut away
  • ,
  • lock up

8. Pass by means through a lock in a waterway

    synonym:
  • lock

9. Build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

    synonym:
  • lock

Examples of using

I forgot to lock the front door.
This system has a safety lock.
We'll have to pick the lock to get into the house.