Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hover”

See all translations

hover

verb uk   /ˈhɒv.ər/ us    /ˈhɑː.vɚ/
[I usually + adv/prep] to stay in one place in the air, usually by moving the wings quickly: A hawk hovered in the sky, waiting to swoop down on its prey. I heard the noise of a helicopter hovering overhead. [I usually + adv/prep] to stand somewhere, especially near another person, eagerly or nervously waiting for their attention: A waiter hovered at the table, ready to take our order. I could sense him behind me, hovering and building up the courage to ask me a question. [I + prep] to stay at or near a particular level: Inflation is hovering at three percent. [I + adv/prep, T] to put the cursor on a computer screen in a particular place without clicking on it: The link changes to green when the mouse hovers over it. If you hover the mouse pointer over the entry, the full web address will be displayed.
(Definition of hover from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hover?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “hover”

Definitions of “hover” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More