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sail

verb [I/T]  /seɪl/ us  
to travel across water in a boat or ship, or to operate a boat or ship on the water: [I] He is not fun to sail with. [T] I sail a small racing boat. Sail also means to leave on a boat or ship: [I] When do we sail?

sail

noun [C]  /seɪl/ us  
a sheet of material used to catch the wind and move a boat or ship: I restored an old wooden boat and got a new canvas sail for it.
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