law noun

1 official rule/rules

ADJ. administrative, case, civil, common, constitutional, contract, criminal, international, statute, etc. (see also martial law)

VERB + LAW become Parliament voted for the bill to become law. | enforce, uphold It's the job of the police to enforce the law. | obey, observe | break, flout, violate | adopt, enact, pass | annul, repeal | interpret Judges interpret this law in different ways.

LAW + VERB allow sth, forbid sth, prohibit sth The law forbids gambling of any kind. | permit sth | require sth The wearing of a crash helmet is required by law. | govern sth the law governing school attendance

LAW + NOUN court | enforcement

PREP. above the ~ No one is above the law. | against the ~ What you did was clearly against the law. | by ~ By law, you are obliged to install smoke alarms in the factory. | within the ~ The company is operating entirely within the law. | ~ against a local law against keeping horses | ~ concerning the law concerning industrial action ballots | ~ on A law on hunting will cause a lot of disagreements. | ~ relating to the law relating to the sale of goods

PHRASES as the law stands As the law stands, you can get married while still too young to have a driving licence. | law and order Martial law was imposed to prevent the breakdown of law and order. | the letter of the law In spite of the difficulties it would cause her family, the judge stuck to the letter of the law and jailed her. | take the law into your own hands When police failed to arrest the suspect, local people took the law into their own hands and beat him up.

2 subject of study/profession

VERB + LAW practise

LAW + NOUN firm
More information about SUBJECT


of study do, read, study ~ do ~ is more commonly used with school subjects (but may also be used with university subjects): She did maths, physics and chemistry at school.

study ~ is used with both school and university subjects: He studied German at school. She went on to study mathematics at university.

read ~is only used with university subjects and is quite formal: She was educated privately and at Pembroke College, where she read classics.

lecture in, teach ~ He taught music at a school in Edinburgh.

Other verbs used with subject can also be used with particular subjects of study: Half the students take geography at A level. We offer accounting as a subsidiary course.

~ degree, a degree/diploma in ~ a law degree a higher diploma in fine art

~ class, course, lecture, lesson The genetics lectures are on a different campus.

~ department, a/the department of ~ All enquiries should be made to the Department of Architecture.

~ graduate, student, undergraduate Some architecture graduates gain further qualifications in specialist fields.

~ lecturer, teacher, tutor He's an English teacher at Highland Road School.

~ professor, (a) professor of ~ She's professor of linguistics at the University of Wales.

the study of ~ The study of philosophy helps you to think critically.

in ~ He got As in history and art.

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