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surf

noun [U]  /sɜrf/ us  

surf noun [U] (WAVES)

the waves on the sea when they approach the coast or hit against rocks

surf

verb  /sɜrf/ us  

surf verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[T] to move quickly from one place to another within a system to learn what each place is offering: You can turn on your computer now and go surfing on the Web. He spends a lot of time surfing TV channels.

surf verb (RIDE WAVES)

[I] to use a surfboard (= long, narrow board) to ride waves toward a beach: They go surfing every weekend.
Translations of “surf”
in Korean 파도를 타다…
in Arabic يَرْكَب الأمواج…
in French écume…
in Turkish sörf yapmak…
in Italian fare il surfing…
in Chinese (Traditional) 網際網路, 上網…
in Russian заниматься серфингом…
in Polish pływać na desce (surfingowej), surfować…
in Spanish espuma…
in Portuguese surfar…
in German die Brandung…
in Catalan fer surf…
in Japanese サーフィンをする, 波乗りをする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 因特网, 上网,网上冲浪…
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