Meaning of “ferry” in the English Dictionary

"ferry" in British English

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ferrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfer.i/ us /ˈfer.i/ also ferry boat

B1 a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service:

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 /ˈfer.i/ us /ˈfer.i/

(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 vehicles across an area of water, esp. as a regular service:

There’s no bridge around here, but you can take a ferry across the river.

to transport someone or something repeatedly or regularly:

As parents, we seem to spend most of our time ferrying the kids to and from their friendshomes.

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

"ferry" in Business English

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ferrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈferi/ us TRANSPORT

a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service:

Competition from the Channel Tunnel is making life hard for the ferries.
Gale-force winds have cut ferry services.

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