Meaning of “afloat” in the English Dictionary

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"afloat" in British English

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afloatadjective [ after verb ]

uk /əˈfləʊt/ us /əˈfloʊt/

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 small businesses 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 keeping small businesses afloat (= operating).

(Definition of “afloat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"afloat" in Business English

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afloatadjective

uk /əˈfləʊt/ us 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 parent companies are fighting to stay afloat, you'll find an internet company boasting about its income.

(Definition of “afloat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)