get up on the wrong side of the bed, to be irritable or bad-tempered from the start of a day: Never try to reason with him when he's gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
    go to bed,
    1. to retire, especially for the night.
    2. to engage in sexual relations.
    go to bed with, to have sexual intercourse with.
    in bed,
    1. beneath the covers of a bed.
    2. engaged in sexual intercourse.
    jump/get into bed with, to form a close, often temporary, alliance, usually with an unlikely ally: Industry was charged with jumping into bed with labor on the issue.
    make a bed, to fit a bed with sheets and blankets.
    make one's bed, to be responsible for one's own actions and their results: You've made your bed—now lie in it.
    put to bed,
    1. to help (a child, invalid, etc.) go to bed.
    2. lock up (forms) in a press in preparation for printing.
    3. to work on the preparation of (an edition of a newspaper, periodical, etc.) up to the time of going to press.

Origin of bed

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bedd; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch bed, Old Saxon bed(de), Old High German betti (German Bett), Gothic badi < Germanic *badjan (neuter); akin to Latin fodere to dig, OCS bodǫ, Lithuanian bedù I pierce, Welsh bedd a grave; presumably a bed was dug out in the ground
Related formsbed·less, adjectivebed·like, adjectivein·ter·bed, adjective

Synonyms for bed

14. band, belt, seam, lode. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for make one's bed


abbreviation for

Bachelor of Education



a piece of furniture on which to sleep
the mattress and bedclothes on such a piece of furniturean unmade bed
sleep or resttime for bed
any place in which a person or animal sleeps or rests
med a unit of potential occupancy in a hospital or residential institution
informal a place for sexual intercourse
informal sexual intercourse
a plot of ground in which plants are grown, esp when considered together with the plants in ita flower bed
the bottom of a river, lake, or sea
a part of this used for cultivation of a plant or animaloyster beds
a layer of crushed rock, gravel, etc, used as a foundation for a road, railway, etc
a layer of mortar in a masonry wall
the underside of a brick, tile, slate, etc, when in positionCompare back 1 (def. 12)
any underlying structure or part
a layer of rock, esp sedimentary rock
the flat part of a letterpress printing press onto or against which the type forme is placed
a layer of solid particles of an absorbent, catalyst, or reagent through which a fluid is passed during the course of a chemical reaction or other process
a machine base on which a moving part carrying a tool or workpiece slideslathe bed
a bed of roses a situation of comfort or ease
to be brought to bed archaic to give birth (to)
bed of nails
  1. a situation or position of extreme difficulty
  2. a bed studded with nails on which a fakir lies
get out of bed on the wrong side informal to be ill-tempered from the start of the day
go to bed
  1. (often foll by with)to have sexual intercourse (with)
  2. journalism printing(of a newspaper, magazine, etc) to go to press; start printing
in bed with informal cooperating closely with (another person, organization, government, etc.) esp covertly
put to bed
  1. journalismto finalize work on (a newspaper, magazine, etc) so that it is ready to go to press
  2. printingto lock up the type forme of (a publication) in the press before printing
take to one's bed to remain in bed, esp because of illness

verb beds, bedding or bedded

(usually foll by down) to go to or put into a place to sleep or rest
(tr) to have sexual intercourse with
(tr) to place, fix, or sink firmly into position; embed
geology to form or be arranged in a distinct layer; stratify
(tr often foll by out) to plant in a bed of soil
See also bed in

Word Origin for bed

Old English bedd; related to Old Norse bethr, Old High German betti, Gothic badi
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Word Origin and History for make one's bed



Old English beddian "to provide with a bed or lodgings," from bed (n.). From c.1300 as "to go to bed," also "to copulate with, to go to bed with;" 1440 as "to lay out (land) in plots or beds." Related: Bedded; bedding.



Old English bedd "bed, couch, resting place, garden plot," from Proto-Germanic *badjam "sleeping place dug in the ground" (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon bed, Middle Dutch bedde, Old Norse beðr, Old High German betti, German Bett, Gothic badi "bed"), from PIE root *bhedh- "to dig, pierce" (cf. Hittite beda- "to pierce, prick," Greek bothyros "pit," Latin fossa "ditch," Lithuanian bedre "to dig," Breton bez "grave"). Both "sleeping" and "gardening" senses are in Old English. Meaning "bottom of a lake, sea, watercourse" is from 1580s.

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make one's bed in Medicine




A piece of furniture for reclining and sleeping, typically consisting of a flat, rectangular frame and a mattress resting on springs.
Such a piece of furniture used for rest, recuperation, or treatment.
A supporting, underlying, or securing base or structure, especially an anatomical one.
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make one's bed in Science



A layer of sediments or rock, such as coal, that extends under a large area and has a distinct set of characteristics that distinguish it from other layers below and above it.
The bottom of a body of water, such as a lake, stream, or ocean.
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Idioms and Phrases with make one's bed


In addition to the idioms beginning with bed

  • bed and board
  • bed and breakfast
  • bed of roses

also see:

  • early to bed
  • get up on the wrong side of bed
  • go to bed with
  • make one's bed and lie in it
  • make the bed
  • put to bed
  • should have stood in bed
  • strange bedfellows
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