August 10, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
pad /ˈpæd/ verb
pad
/ˈpæd/
verb

pads; padded; padding

A box with plastic bubble wrap to pad the inside
A box with plastic bubble wrap to pad the inside
Learner's definition of PAD

[+ object]

1 : to cover or fill (something) with soft material especially to protect it or make it more comfortable

  • He padded the inside of the box with cloth and crumpled newspaper.

  • She used a cushion to pad the bench.

2 : to make (something) larger, longer, or more attractive by adding things that are unnecessary, unimportant, or false

  • She padded (out) her speech with quotes from local citizens.

  • He hoped that by padding his résumé his lack of experience would be overlooked.

3 US : to dishonestly add more charges to (a bill) in order to collect more money than is owed

  • He padded the bill he sent to the company for his consulting work.

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