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fly

verb uk   /flaɪ/ (flew, flown) us  

fly verb (TRAVEL)

A2 [I] When a bird, insect, or aircraft flies, it moves through the air: The poor bird couldn't fly because it had a broken wing. As soon as it saw us, the bird flew away/off.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air A1 [I or T] to travel by aircraft, or to go somewhere or cross something in an aircraft: We flew to Paris. We fly from/out from/out of Heathrow, but fly back (in)to Gatwick. We are flying at a height of 9,000 metres. She has to fly thousands of miles every year for her job. Who was the first person to fly (across) the Atlantic?Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air [T] to use a particular company to travel by aircraft: I usually fly Lufthansa/Japan Airlines/El Al.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air C2 [T] to transport people or goods by aircraft: The restaurant flies its fish in daily from Scotland. We will be flying 100 badly wounded civilians out of the battle zone tonight.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air B2 [I or T] to control an aircraft: I learned to fly when I was in Australia.AviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the air

fly verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move or go quickly: With the explosion, glass flew across the room. Cathy flew by/past me in the corridor. My holiday seems to have flown (by) (= passed very quickly) this year. The door/window suddenly flew open.informal Anyway, I must fly (= leave quickly) - I didn't realize how late it was!Moving quickly

fly verb (WAVE)

[I or T] to wave or move about in the air while being fixed at one end: The ship was flying the Spanish flag. The flag was flying at half-mast (= brought down to a point half way down the pole) to mark the death of the president. There isn't really enough wind to fly a kite today.Shaking, swinging and vibrating

fly

noun [C] uk   /flaɪ/ us  

fly noun [C] (INSECT)

B1 a small insect with two wingsInsect names

fly noun [C] (TROUSERS)

(UK also flies) the opening at the front of a pair of trousers: Hey Chris, your fly's undone!Fastening clothing and textiles

fly noun [C] (FISHING)

a hook (= curved piece of wire) with coloured threads fastened to it, attached to the end of a fishing line to attract fishFishingCommercial fishing

fly noun [C] (TENT)

mainly US for flysheetCamping
(Definition of fly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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