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English definition of “buoy”

buoy

verb [T usually passive] (MAKE HAPPIER)    /bɔɪ/ US  /ˈbuː.i/
to make someone feel happier or more confident about a situation: She was buoyed (up) by the warm reception her audience gave her.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of buoy verb (MAKE HAPPIER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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