Ditch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word ditch
Brit.  |dɪtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word ditch

noun

- a long narrow excavation in the earth
- any small natural waterway

verb

- forsake
- throw away (syn: chuck)
- sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly (syn: dump)
- make an emergency landing on water
- crash or crash-land
- cut a trench in, as for drainage(syn: trench)

Examples

He drove the car into the ditch.

...after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch...

The thief ditched the purse in an alley.

They ditched the car in a vacant lot.

They ditched me at the concert.

I shouted to him to ditch heavy wireless set and save himself.

The government has ditched plans to privatise the prison.

Meg and Neil were due to marry, but she ditched him.

Did you ditch class today?

Two balloonists had to ditch during the race.

ditch the land to drain it

...he gave the ball a good larrup with his club, and it easily cleared the ditch...

Below the bridge we could discern just a narrow weedy ditch.

The plane overshot the runway and plunged into a ditch.

The bus skidded off the road and into a ditch.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: ditch
he/she/it: ditches
present participle: ditching
past tense: ditched
past participle: ditched
noun
singular: ditch
plural: ditches
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