buoy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"buoy" in British English

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buoynoun [C]

uk   /bɔɪ/  us   /ˈbuː.i/
a ​floatingobject on the ​top of the ​sea, used for ​directingships and ​warning them of ​possibledanger


uk   /bɔɪ/  us   /ˈbuː.i/

buoy verb (FLOAT)

[T] to ​prevent someone or something from ​sinking: The very ​saltywater buoyed her (up) as she ​swam.

buoy verb (MAKE HAPPIER)

[T usually passive] to make someone ​feelhappier or more ​confident about a ​situation: She was buoyed (up) by the ​warmreception her ​audience gave her.


[T usually passive] to ​support something and make it more ​successful: House ​prices have been buoyed (up) in the ​area by the ​possibility of a new ​factoryopening.
(Definition of buoy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buoy" in American English

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buoynoun [C]

 us   /ˈbu·i, bɔɪ/

buoy noun [C] (OBJECT IN WATER)

an ​object that ​floats on the ​water to show ​ships where it is ​safe to go

buoyverb [T]

 us   /ˈbu·i, bɔɪ/

buoy verb [T] (FEEL HAPPY)

to ​encourage or make someone ​feelbetter: I was really buoyed by the ​nicecomments on my ​work.
(Definition of buoy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"buoy" in Business English

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buoyverb [T]

uk   us   /bɔɪ/
to ​support a ​business, ​economy, or ​financialmarket and make it more ​successful: be buoyed (up) by sth Shares ​rose 50p to 810p, buoyed up by ​news of a possible ​merger.
(Definition of buoy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “buoy”
in Korean 부표…
in Arabic عَوّامة الإِرْشاد…
in Malaysian boya…
in French bouée…
in Russian буй…
in Chinese (Traditional) 浮標,航標…
in Italian boa…
in Turkish şamandıra…
in Polish boja…
in Spanish boya…
in Vietnamese phao…
in Portuguese boia…
in Thai ทุ่น…
in German die Boje…
in Catalan boia…
in Japanese (沖の)ブイ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 浮标,航标…
in Indonesian pelampung…
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