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corners, cornering, cornered

  1. N-COUNT: usu with supp A corner is a point or an area where two or more edges, sides, or surfaces of something join.

  2. N-COUNT The corner of a room, box, or similar space is the area inside it where its edges or walls meet.

  3. N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n The corner of your mouth or eye is the side of it.

  4. N-COUNT: usu with supp The corner of a street is the place where one of its sides ends as it joins another street.

  5. N-COUNT A corner is a bend in a road.

  6. N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n If you talk about the corners of the world, a country, or some other place, you are referring to places that are far away or difficult to get to. [WRITTEN]

  7. N-COUNT In soccer, hockey, and some other sports, a corner is a free shot or kick taken from the corner of the pitch.

  8. VERB If you corner a person or animal, you force them into a place they cannot escape from.

  9. VERB If you corner someone, you force them to speak to you when they have been trying to avoid you.

  10. VERB If a company or place corners an area of trade, they gain control over it so that no one else can have any success in that area.

  11. VERB If a car, or the person driving it, corners in a particular way, the car goes round bends in roads in this way.

  12. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that something is around the corner, you mean that it will happen very soon. In British English, you can also say that something is round the corner.

  13. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If you say that something is around the corner, you mean that it is very near. In British English, you can also say that something is round the corner.

  14. PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you cut corners, you do something quickly by doing it in a less thorough way than you should.

  15. PHRASE: PHR n You can use expressions such as the four corners of the world to refer to places that are a long way from each other. [WRITTEN]

  16. PHRASE: N inflects, v-link PHR, PHR after v If you are in a corner or in a tight corner, you are in a situation which is difficult to deal with and get out of.

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kɔ͟ː(r)nə(r)usu with A corner is a point or an area where two or more edges, sides, or surfaces of something join.Examples

He saw the corner of a magazine sticking out from under the blanket...
Write `By Airmail' in the top left hand corner.

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Word forms


Common casecornercorners
Possessive casecorner'scorners'


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)cornering
Past Participle (Participle II)cornered
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I cornerwe corner
you corneryou corner
he/she/it cornersthey corner
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am corneringwe are cornering
you are corneringyou are cornering
he/she/it is corneringthey are cornering
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have corneredwe have cornered
you have corneredyou have cornered
he/she/it has corneredthey have cornered
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been corneringwe have been cornering
you have been corneringyou have been cornering
he/she/it has been corneringthey have been cornering
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I corneredwe cornered
you corneredyou cornered
he/she/it corneredthey cornered
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was corneringwe were cornering
you were corneringyou were cornering
he/she/it was corneringthey were cornering
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had corneredwe had cornered
you had corneredyou had cornered
he/she/it had corneredthey had cornered
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been corneringwe had been cornering
you had been corneringyou had been cornering
he/she/it had been corneringthey had been cornering
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will cornerwe shall/will corner
you will corneryou will corner
he/she/it will cornerthey will corner
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be corneringwe shall/will be cornering
you will be corneringyou will be cornering
he/she/it will be corneringthey will be cornering
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have corneredwe shall/will have cornered
you will have corneredyou will have cornered
he/she/it will have corneredthey will have cornered
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been corneringwe shall/will have been cornering
you will have been corneringyou will have been cornering
he/she/it will have been corneringthey will have been cornering
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would cornerwe should/would corner
you would corneryou would corner
he/she/it would cornerthey would corner
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be corneringwe should/would be cornering
you would be corneringyou would be cornering
he/she/it would be corneringthey would be cornering
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have corneredwe should/would have cornered
you would have corneredyou would have cornered
he/she/it would have corneredthey would have cornered
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been corneringwe should/would have been cornering
you would have been corneringyou would have been cornering
he/she/it would have been corneringthey would have been cornering
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am corneredwe are cornered
you are corneredyou are cornered
he/she/it is corneredthey are cornered
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being corneredwe are being cornered
you are being corneredyou are being cornered
he/she/it is being corneredthey are being cornered
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been corneredwe have been cornered
you have been corneredyou have been cornered
he/she/it has been corneredthey have been cornered
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was corneredwe were cornered
you were corneredyou were cornered
he/she/it was corneredthey were cornered
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being corneredwe were being cornered
you were being corneredyou were being cornered
he/she/it was being corneredthey were being cornered
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been corneredwe had been cornered
you had been corneredyou had been cornered
he/she/it had been corneredthey had been cornered
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be corneredwe shall/will be cornered
you will be corneredyou will be cornered
he/she/it will be corneredthey will be cornered
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been corneredwe shall/will have been cornered
you will have been corneredyou will have been cornered
he/she/it will have been corneredthey will have been cornered