1 not hot or warm
VERBS be, feel, look, seem | become, get, grow, turn As evening fell it got very cold. The room grew cold. In January it turned very cold. | make sb/sth The rain overnight had made the water cold. | keep sth Use ice to keep the drinks cold.
ADV. bitterly, extremely, freezing, ice-, icy, terribly, very It's bitterly cold outside. There was a freezing cold wind. an ice-cold beer | fairly, quite, rather
2 not cooked/having become cold after cooking
VERBS be | get, go Your dinner's getting cold. I'm afraid the coffee's gone cold. | eat sth, serve sth Bake in the oven for twenty minutes. Serve hot or cold.
ADV. stone This soup is stone cold!
1 lack of heat; low temperature
ADJ. biting, bitter, extreme, freezing
VERB + COLD feel I don't feel the cold as badly as many people. | keep out The house has double glazing to keep out the cold. | be blue with, be numb with My hands were blue with cold.
PREP. against the ~ We were well wrapped up against the cold. | out in the ~ He stood out in the cold and waited. (figurative) When the coalition was formed the Liberals were left out in the cold (= were not invited to join it).
2 common illness
ADJ. bad, heavy, nasty She won her match despite suffering from a heavy cold. | slight | common When will they find a cure for the common cold? | chest, head
VERB + COLD have, nurse, suffer from Jim stayed at home because he was nursing a cold. | catch, go down with, take I must have caught a cold on the bus. If you stay out in the rain you'll catch cold! He took cold, developed pneumonia, and that was the end of him. > Special page at ILLNESS