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floatverb

uk   /fləʊt/  us   /floʊt/

float verb (NOT SINK)

B1 [I] to stay on the surface of a liquid and not sink: An empty bottle will float. You can float very easily in/on the Dead Sea because it's so salty.
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float verb (MOVE)

B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause to) move easily through, or along the surface of a liquid, or to (cause to) move easily through air: We spent a lazy afternoon floating down/along the river. He tossed the bottle into the waves and watched it float out to sea. The children enjoy floating their boats on the pond in the park. Fluffy white clouds were floating across the sky.figurative The sound of piano-playing floated out through the open window. [I usually + adv/prep] literary to move smoothly and attractively: She sort of floats around, like a ballet dancer. [I usually + adv/prep] to move or act without purpose: Since he lost his job, he's just floated around/about doing nothing.
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float verb (SUGGEST)

[T] to suggest a plan or an idea to be considered: Laura has floated the idea that we should think about expanding into Europe next year.

float verb (CHANGE VALUE)

[I or T] specialized finance & economics to allow the value of a country's money to change according to the value of other countries' money: Argentina decided to let its currency float freely against the dollar.

float verb (BUSINESS)

[T] to start selling shares in a business or company for the first time
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floatnoun

uk   /fləʊt/  us   /floʊt/

float noun (MONEY)

[S] UK a small amount of money kept by someone who works in a bar, etc., used for giving customers their change

float noun (VEHICLE)

[C] a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals: carnival floats

float noun (NOT SINK)

[C] a piece of wood or other light material that stays on the surface of water: Fishing nets are often held in position by floats.

float noun (DRINK)

[C] a drink with ice cream on the top: I'll have a root beer float, please.
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