board · noun /bɔːrd/Full view
A1 C a surface on the wall of a classroom that a teacher writes on
Dictionary examples:

a white board

Copy the sentences from the board.

A2 C a piece of wood, plastic, etc. on a wall where information can be put
Dictionary example:

I stuck the notice up on the board.

Learner example:

The information is posted on the information board, and the class is every Monday from 5pm to 7pm. (Key English Test; A2; French)

board (GAMES)
A2 C a flat piece of wood, cardboard, etc. for playing games on
Dictionary example:

a chess board

Learner example:

I got a chess board, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, some photo frames, wall hangings and a lot of [other] gifts. (Key English Test; A2; Hindi)

board (SURFACE)
B1 C a flat piece of wood, plastic, etc. used for a particular purpose
Dictionary examples:

Cut the vegetables on a chopping board.

an ironing board

Learner example:

That was really nice and sometimes really funny, because we had some people trying to surf, but they couldn't stand up on the board for at least five seconds. (First Certificate in English; B2; Portuguese)

on board
B1 on a boat, train, aircraft, etc.
Dictionary example:

There were 230 people on board the plane.

Learner example:

I c[a]ught a taxi and went to airport. After I checked in, I was on board. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Farsi)

board (MEALS)
B2 U meals that are provided at a place where you stay
Dictionary example:

How much do they charge for room and board?

Learner example:

Thank you for board and lodging. (First Certificate in English; B2; German)

C1 C a group of people who officially control a company or organization, or a particular type of business activity
Dictionary examples:

She is on the boards of several large companies.

a community/school board

the tourist board

Learner example:

We will try to get a subsidy during the next Board of Directors [meeting]. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; French)

across the board
C2 happening or having an effect on everyone or everything in every area
Dictionary examples:

The improvement has been across the board, with all divisions reporting increased profits.

The mayor threatened across-the-board spending cuts.

Learner example:

Children in separate schools get on with things regardless of it being work for boys or girls, which can be quite positive especially in today's lifestyles where chores are done across the board. (International English Language Testing System; C1; Afrikaans)

board · verb I or T /bɔːrd/
B1 to get onto or allow people to get onto a boat, train or aircraft
Dictionary examples:

She boarded the plane to Australia.

Will passengers waiting to board please go to the ticket counter?

Learner example:

We all boarded the train. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Tamil)

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