Definition of tide in English:


Pronunciation /tīd/ /taɪd/

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  • 1The alternate rising and falling of the sea, usually twice in each lunar day at a particular place, due to the attraction of the moon and sun.

    ‘the changing patterns of the tides’
    • ‘they were driven on by wind and tide’
    • ‘But access to the port basin lay through channels where the tide fell 32 feet twice daily.’
    • ‘Sibyl glanced back at the rising and falling tides of the English Channel, and sighed with the grace of a heavy heart.’
    • ‘The highest high tides, called the semilunar tides, occur twice a month around the times of the full and new moon.’
    • ‘The ebb and flow of tides, swinging winds, and rising and falling ocean swells create the changing rhythms of a surfer's life.’
    • ‘The rise and fall of tides vary around the world.’
    • ‘For instance he learned the effect of the moon on the tides.’
    • ‘Misconceptions about such things as the moon's effect on tides have contributed to lunar mythology.’
    • ‘As any diver knows, such tides occur only twice a month.’
    • ‘Aborigines explain the relationship of the tides and the moon also.’
    • ‘An arrow indicates whether the tide is rising or falling.’
    • ‘The tide had fallen, which revealed another part of the hidden area.’
    • ‘However, while we had been diving, the tide had fallen.’
    • ‘She fell asleep as the tide slowly climbed, gripping the wet sand with her fingers.’
    • ‘This was a beautiful morning, with a rising tide and no wind.’
    • ‘They must know how the winds and the tides work together.’
    • ‘The vessel departed on the evening tide the following day.’
    • ‘A powerful tide is surging through rural India.’
    • ‘In 1879, a causeway was built to the island, sparing pilgrims and day trippers both the effort of trudging across the sands, and the danger of the fast and powerful local tides.’
    • ‘All day, the Atlantic churned and the tide surged under the narrow strip of land that separates the ocean from the Gulf of Mexico.’
    • ‘Then as the tide turns a surge of muddy water rushes upstream, ever swifter.’
    1. 1.1The water as affected by the tide.
      ‘the rising tide covered the wharf’
      • ‘The structure would be built over the water, allowing the tide to ebb and flow unhindered.’
      • ‘He related his own experience of how people can get caught out, unaware of the danger because it is the area nearest the shore that gets covered by water first as the tide comes in.’
      • ‘As the tide ebbs the sea water starts to drain from the river, making visible the runs and likely lies of fish just in from the Atlantic.’
      • ‘When the biplane was pushed out of the hangar, the incoming tide covered the tidal flat making it necessary to cancel the flight.’
      • ‘The construction of canals causes an increase in the velocity of incoming tides and also outgoing water, therefore increasing the risk of erosion.’
      • ‘Of course the abductee lives in an ramshackle farmhouse on an island that gets surrounded by water as the tides come in.’
      • ‘This is due to strong tides carrying goodie-laden water to them.’
      • ‘Instead the building could straddle it, getting its feet in the water and feeling the tides.’
      • ‘Weights for bottom fishing need not be too heavy as most of the fishing is done in less that fifteen feet of water and the local tides are not very fierce.’
      • ‘The fast tides and coloured waters of the Severn Estuary pull cod in like bargain hunters to the sales.’
      • ‘When the tide rises and water moves up the channel, the basin fills, and small fish and larvae (food for the birds) enter the pond.’
      • ‘Basically, it's just a dam built across a bay, which opens as the tide is coming in, and then closes and traps the accumulated water as the tide moves out.’
      • ‘After a lot of messing around in the sand and seeing who could get the furthest into the water before the tide came back in, we were completely soaked and decided to crash at my place for the night.’
      • ‘As they go farther into the water, the tide pushes them downstream.’
      • ‘A spray of water from the incoming tide wets us, waking me up from whatever crazy thoughts were consuming me.’
      • ‘They have so many different fish to go for and the fish fight so hard in the tide and shallow water.’
      • ‘Most tope fishing is done either by casting baits uptide away from the boat, or deep dropping baits in areas of fast tides and deep water.’
      • ‘This is to say that if you leave a dingy in shallow water and the tide goes out, leaving your boat on the sand, you have committed an offence which carries a fine.’
      • ‘On another day, light and variable winds, combined with strong tides, affected competition.’
      • ‘They were sitting at the beach, watching the tide as it covered them up to about the waist in its waves every few seconds, and watching the sunset.’
      tidal flow, ebb and flow, flood, water, tidewater, tide race, ebb, surge, current, stream, movement
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    2. 1.2A powerful surge of feeling or trend of events.
      ‘he drifted into sleep on a tide of euphoria’
      • ‘he could not control the growing tide of violence’
      • ‘It was another bizarre sight but even the half-time whistle, once it finally came, did little to stem the tide of extraordinary events.’
      • ‘On both these occasions, though for very different reasons, the mourners and the mourned were swept together by a powerful tide of emotion.’
      • ‘He's a little man swept up in the tide of big events.’
      • ‘And they are right that the tide of globalization, powerful as the engines driving it may be, can be turned back.’
      • ‘This alliance of irreconcilable economic ideologies was bound to sunder and cede to a powerful tide of neo-liberalism.’
      • ‘The tide of events indeed turned in favour of peace.’
      • ‘Only time will tell how long it can maintain its resilience against the powerful tide of the free market.’
      • ‘The film's portrayal of a powerless woman dragged along by the tide of events doesn't lend itself to edge of the seat plot twists.’
      • ‘We knew, though, that we were a minority swimming against a powerful tide of patriotic pomposity.’
      • ‘I stared at him almost speechless as a tide of emotion surged to me.’
      • ‘Whether alive or dead, young or old, black or white - the tribute tide has surged.’
      • ‘Generally, only those Greek cafes in major recreational and tourist regions have survived the sweeping tide of change.’
      • ‘Ministers hoping to reverse the tide of binge-drinking believe it will bring an end to the 11 pm rush.’
      • ‘If we were to reverse the tide of depression, we needed a society that was well informed about depression.’
      • ‘Mr Thomas is making vigorous efforts to reverse the tide of abuse that has been coming his way recently.’
      • ‘Kerry has pledged to reverse the tide of modern economics by doing exactly this.’
      • ‘He warned that the tide of economic and social change would leave Swindon washed up, stranded and decaying if progress was not made with plans to overhaul the centre soon.’
      • ‘Although increasingly stranded politically by the ebbing tide of socialism, he has refused to tone down his rabble-rousing rhetoric.’
      • ‘Kimmel believes more agents will mean more arrests and more progress against the tide of illegal immigration.’
      • ‘The tide of new developments has seen councillors warning of a melt-down for the town's overstretched infrastructure.’
      course, movement, direction, trend, current, drift, run, turn, tendency, tenor, swing
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intransitive verb

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  • 1archaic Drift with or as if with the tide.

    1. 1.1(of a ship) float or drift in or out of a harbor by taking advantage of favoring tides.


    work double tides
    • Work twice the normal time, or extra hard.

Phrasal Verbs

    tide over
    • tide someone over, tide over someoneHelp someone through a difficult period, especially with financial assistance.

      ‘she needed a small loan to tide her over’
      • ‘This is to tide them over for a period, unless they get work.’
      • ‘To tide him over financially, he took a job with a radio station, and found that he had a natural flair for the microphone and he soon hosted his own show on Talk Radio.’
      • ‘In the meantime, Boyle also asked for another loan to tide him over.’
      • ‘The pre-Christmas shopping frenzy shifts into high gear this week, with many families relying on their credit cards to tide them over this expensive period.’
      • ‘But here's a little something to tide you over for a bit.’
      • ‘For the landed gentry, it was usually a snack to tide you over between luncheon and a late dinner.’
      • ‘‘My husband took redundancy last year and that helped tide us over,’ she said.’
      • ‘We need to get the resources where we can to tide us over until the nurses come through the system.’
      • ‘I knew that I had food in the case, as we always pack some to tide us over until we find a food shop.’
      • ‘Mr Keating, who has two teenage children, says the minimum payouts he and his fellow employees will receive will only tide them over while they look for another job.’


Old English tīd ‘time, period, era’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tijd and German Zeit, also to time. The sense relating to the sea dates from late Middle English.