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hoververb

uk   /ˈhɒv.ər/  us   /ˈhɑː.vɚ/
[I usually + adv/prep] to ​stay in one ​place in the ​air, usually by ​moving the ​wingsquickly: A ​hawk hovered in the ​sky, ​waiting to ​swoop down on ​itsprey. I ​heard the ​noise of a ​helicopter hovering ​overhead. [I usually + adv/prep] to ​standsomewhere, ​especially near another ​person, ​eagerly or ​nervouslywaiting for ​theirattention: A ​waiter hovered at the ​table, ​ready to take ​ourorder. I could ​sense him behind me, hovering and ​building up the ​courage to ​ask me a ​question. [I + prep] to ​stay at or near a ​particularlevel: Inflation is hovering at three ​percent. [I + adv/prep, T] to put the cursor on a ​computerscreen in a ​particularplace without clicking on it: The ​linkchanges to ​green when the ​mouse hovers over it. If you hover the ​mousepointer over the ​entry, the ​fullwebaddress will be ​displayed.
(Definition of hover from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hoververb [I]

 us   /ˈhʌv·ər, ˈhɑv-/
to ​stay in the ​air in one ​place: A ​helicopter hovered ​overhead. A ​person who hovers ​stands near someone, ​waiting for ​attention: She hovered ​outside her boss’s ​door.
(Definition of hover from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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