berth ( berths plural & 3rd person present) ( berthing present participle) ( berthed past tense & past participle )
1 If you give someone or something a wide berth, you avoid them because you think they are unpleasant, or dangerous, or simply because you do not like them.
give sb/sthing a wide berth phrase V inflects
She gives showbiz parties a wide berth.
2 n-count A berth is a bed on a boat, train, or caravan.
Goldring booked a berth on the first boat he could.
3 n-count A berth is a space in a harbour where a ship stays for a period of time.
4 verb When a ship berths, it sails into harbour and stops at the quay.
As the ship berthed in New York, McClintock was with the first immigration officers aboard. V
berthed adj usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ prep
There the Gripsholm was berthed next to another ship.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 bed, billet, bunk, cot (Nautical) hammock
2 anchorage, dock, harbour, haven, pier, port, quay, slip, wharf
3 appointment, employment, job, living, position, post, situation
4 (Nautical) anchor, dock, drop anchor, land, moor, tie up
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