There are 2 main definitions of lake in English:

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lake1

Syllabification: lake
Pronunciation: /lāk
 
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noun

1A large body of water surrounded by land: boys were swimming in the lake [in names]: Lake Superior
More example sentences
  • The surrounding area has a man-made lake, surrounded by huge boathouses and houses.
  • Ospreys live near rivers, estuaries, salt marshes, lakes, reservoirs, and other large bodies of water.
  • I mean, they live basically off the fishing from the world's second largest freshwater lake.
Synonyms
pond, pool, tarn, reservoir, slough, lagoon, water, waterhole, watering hole, inland sea;
oxbow (lake), pothole (lake), glacial lake;
Scottish loch
literary mere
1.1A pool of liquid: the fish was served in a bright lake of spicy carrot sauce
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  • Set slid to the ground without a sound, blood pooling around him and forming a shallow lake of red liquid.
  • Outside the concrete and brick building, people gingerly walked around small lakes of blood that pooled on the street.
  • In particular, there is no conclusive evidence yet to either confirm or deny the presence of the putative lakes of liquid ethane on Titan's surface.

Origin

late Old English (denoting a pond or pool), from Old French lac, from Latin lacus 'basin, pool, lake'.

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  • A lake was once a pond or pool: it is from Old French lac, from Latin lacus ‘basin, pool, lake’. A small lacus was a lacuna, which became laguna in Spanish and Italian, and became lagoon (early 17th century) in English.

Derivatives

lakelet

1
noun
Example sentences
  • This beautiful lakelet is atop a picturesque mountain and offers a panoramic view of Poonch.

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There are 2 main definitions of lake in English:

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lake2

Syllabification: lake
Pronunciation: /lāk
 
/

noun

[often with modifier]
1An insoluble pigment made by combining a soluble organic dye and an insoluble mordant.
Example sentences
  • The inclusion of azurite blue and lake glazes indicates that this was a sophisticated and expensive colour scheme.
  • This mordant reacts with the dye alizarin to form a red lake, exactly as it does in a test tube in the typical analytical test for aluminum.
  • Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.
1.1A purplish-red pigment made the same way as lake, used in dyes, inks, and paints and originally made with lac.
Example sentences
  • Then she picked up a handful of lake and gave it to me.

Origin

early 17th century: variant of lac1.

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  • A lake was once a pond or pool: it is from Old French lac, from Latin lacus ‘basin, pool, lake’. A small lacus was a lacuna, which became laguna in Spanish and Italian, and became lagoon (early 17th century) in English.

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