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Noun: locking  ló-king
  1. The act of locking something up to protect it
    - lockup
Verb: lock  lók
  1. Fasten with a lock
    "lock the bike to the fence"
  2. Keep engaged
    "locked the gears";
    - engage, mesh, operate
  3. Become rigid or immoveable
    "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
  4. Hold in a locking position
    "He locked his hands around her neck";
    - interlock, interlace
  5. Become engaged or intermeshed with one another
    "They were locked in embrace";
    - interlock
  6. Hold fast (in a certain state)
    "He was locked in a laughing fit"
  7. Place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
    "The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe";
    - lock in, lock away, put away, shut up, shut away, lock up
  8. Pass by means through a lock in a waterway
  9. Build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

Derived forms: lockings

See also: lock up

Type of: bosom, build, confine, construct, displace, embrace, engage, fasten, fix, go across, go through, hold, hug, make, move, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, pass, protection, secure, squeeze, sweep over, take hold

Antonym: unlock

Encyclopedia: Locking, Somerset

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