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raft

noun uk   /rɑːft/ us    /ræft/

raft noun (FLOATING STRUCTURE)

[C] a flat floating structure for travelling across water, often made of pieces of wood tied roughly together and moved along with a paddle (= pole with a flat end): We lashed together anything that would float to make a raft.Boats and sailing craftPassenger, cargo and military ships [C] a fixed, flat floating structure that swimmers can use to land on or dive fromBoats and sailing craftPassenger, cargo and military ships [C] a small rubber or plastic boat that can be filled with air: a rubber raft an inflatable raftBoats and sailing craftPassenger, cargo and military ships

raft noun (MANY)

[C usually singular] a large number or range; a lot: a raft of data We have designed a whole raft of measures to improve the transport system.Masses and large amounts of things

raft

verb [I or T] uk   /rɑːft/ us    /ræft/
to travel or transport something on a raft: They rafted their supplies down the river. We rafted through the rapids. Have you ever been white water rafting?Sailing and boatingMovement on or through water
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