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"afloat" in British English

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afloatadjective [after verb]

uk   /əˈfləʊt/  us   /-ˈfloʊt/
floating on ​water: She ​spent seven ​days afloat on a ​raft. He ​managed to keep/​stay afloat by ​holding on to the ​side of the ​boat. having enough ​money to ​pay what you ​owe: Many ​smallbusinesses are ​struggling to stay/​keep afloat.
(Definition of afloat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"afloat" in American English

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afloatadjective

 us   /əˈfloʊt/
floating on or in ​water: They couldn’t ​keep the ​ferry afloat. fig. Loan ​programs are ​aimed at ​keepingsmallbusinesses afloat (= ​operating).
(Definition of afloat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"afloat" in Business English

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afloatadjective

uk   us   /əˈfləʊt/ FINANCE
having enough ​money to ​pay what you ​owe and not have ​debts: keep sth afloat They need ​billion of ​dollars to ​keep the ​company afloat.stay afloat Even when ​parentcompanies are fighting to ​stay afloat, you'll ​find an ​internetcompany boasting about its ​income.
(Definition of afloat from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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