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"ferry" in British English

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ferrynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfer.i/ (also ferry boat)
B1 a ​boat or ​ship for taking ​passengers and often ​vehiclesacross an ​area of ​water, ​especially as a ​regularservice: a ​car ferry We're going to the Channel Islands by/on the ferry. We took the ferry to Calais.
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ferryverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈfer.i/
to ​transportpeople or ​goods in a ​vehicle, ​especiallyregularly and often: I ​spend most of my ​time ferrying the ​children around.
(Definition of ferry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ferry" in American English

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ferrynoun [C]

 us   /ˈfer·i/
a ​boat or ​ship for taking ​passengers and often ​vehiclesacross an ​area of ​water, esp. as a ​regularservice: There’s no ​bridge around here, but you can take a ferry ​across the ​river.

ferryverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈfer·i/
to ​transport someone or something ​repeatedly or ​regularly: As ​parents, we ​seem to ​spend most of ​ourtime ferrying the ​kids to and from ​theirfriends’ ​homes.
(Definition of ferry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ferry" in Business English

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ferrynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈferi/ TRANSPORT
a boat or ​ship for taking ​passengers and often ​vehicles across an ​area of water, especially as a ​regularservice: Competition from the Channel Tunnel is making ​life hard for the ferries. Gale-force winds have ​cut ferry ​services. ferry ​companies/​operators
(Definition of ferry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ferry”
in Korean 페리, 여객선…
in Arabic عَبَّارة…
in Malaysian menyeberangkan…
in French (faire) traverser…
in Russian паром…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指定期的)渡船,渡輪…
in Italian traghetto…
in Turkish feribot, araba vapuru…
in Polish prom…
in Spanish transportar…
in Vietnamese chuyên chở (bằng phà)…
in Portuguese balsa, barca…
in Thai รับส่งข้ามฟาก…
in German übersetzen…
in Catalan ferri…
in Japanese フェリー…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指定期的)渡船,轮渡…
in Indonesian mengangkut…
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