Translation of "float" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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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. 空瓶子能浮起来。
You can float very easily in/on the Dead Sea because it's so salty. 因为死海含盐量很高,人可以轻松浮在水面上。

More examples

  • We lashed together anything that would float to make a raft.
  • The body hit the water, floated for a few seconds, and then sank to the bottom of the river.
  • In science we learned about density, and why oil floats on water.
  • In the pool, several ladies were floating on their backs, like starfish, with their arms and legs stretched out.
  • "My rubber duck won't float any more!" "Oh dear - it's all full of water, that's why."

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. 我们沿河漂流而下,懒洋洋的度过了一个下午。
He tossed the bottle into the waves and watched it float out to sea. 他把瓶子扔到浪中,看着它漂向大海。
The children enjoy floating their boats on the pond in the park. 孩子们喜欢把玩具船放在公园的池塘里玩。
Fluffy white clouds were floating across the sky. 绒毛似的白云在天空中飘过。
figurative The sound of piano-playing floated out through the open window. 从开着的窗户中飘出弹钢琴的声音。

[ I usually + adv/prep ] literary to move smoothly and attractively

She sort of floats around, like a ballet dancer. 她像个芭蕾舞演员,步态轻盈。

[ I usually + adv/prep ] to move or act without purpose

Since he lost his job, he's just floated around/about doing nothing. 自从失业后,他就四处游荡,无所事事。

More examples

  • She stopped rowing and let the boat float with the stream.
  • He floated through his exams with no problems whatsoever.
  • From the riverbank he watched the boats float past.
  • He let go of the string and the balloon floated off into the distance.
  • He floats past defenders as if they weren't there.

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. 伊恩提议,我们应该考虑明年拓展打入欧洲市场。

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. 政府决定让英镑汇率自由浮动。

float verb (BUSINESS)

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



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 狂欢节彩车

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. 渔网常常用浮子固定。

float noun (DRINK)

[ C ] a drink with ice cream on the top

I'll have a root beer float, please. 请给我来一杯加冰激凌的根汁汽水。

(Translation of “float” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)