raft Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “raft” in the English Dictionary

"raft" in British English

See all translations

raftnoun

uk   /rɑːft/  us   /ræft/
  • raft noun (FLOATING STRUCTURE)

[C] a ​flatfloatingstructure for ​travellingacrosswater, often made of ​pieces of ​woodtiedroughly together and ​moved along with a paddle (= ​pole with a ​flat end): We ​lashed together anything that would ​float to make a raft. [C] a ​fixed, ​flatfloatingstructure that ​swimmers can use to ​land on or dive from [C] a ​smallrubber or ​plasticboat that can be ​filled with ​air: a ​rubber raft an ​inflatable raft

raftverb [I or T]

uk   /rɑːft/  us   /ræft/
to ​travel or ​transport something on a raft: They rafted ​theirsupplies down the ​river. We rafted through the ​rapids. Have you ​ever been whitewater rafting?
(Definition of raft from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"raft" in American English

See all translations

raftnoun [C]

 us   /ræft/
  • raft noun [C] (FLOATING STRUCTURE)

a ​flat, ​floatingstructure made of ​pieces of ​woodtied together, often ​attached to the ​bottom of a ​river or ​lake for use when ​swimming A raft is also a ​smallrubber or ​plasticboat that can be ​filled with ​air.
  • raft noun [C] (A LOT)

a ​largenumber or ​collection; a lot: We’ve ​identified a ​whole raft of ​problemsaffectingtrafficflow.
(Definition of raft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"raft" in Business English

See all translations

raftnoun [C]

uk   /rɑːft/  us   /ræft/
a raft of sth a large ​amount or ​number of something: His ​plan is to encourage more ​personalinvestment with a raft of ​taxbreaks. Congress is ​working to complete a raft of ​spendingmeasures for the new ​fiscalyear. A whole raft of new guidelines and ​legislation is being ​introduced.
(Definition of raft from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “raft”
in Korean 뗏목…
in Arabic طَوف…
in Malaysian rakit…
in French radeau…
in Russian плот…
in Chinese (Traditional) 漂浮的木架, 筏, 木筏…
in Italian zattera…
in Turkish sal, ağaçtan yapılma sal…
in Polish tratwa…
in Spanish balsa…
in Vietnamese bè gỗ…
in Portuguese balsa…
in Thai แพ…
in German das Floß…
in Catalan rai…
in Japanese いかだ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 漂浮的木架, 筏, 木筏…
in Indonesian rakit…
What is the pronunciation of raft?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“raft” in American English

More meanings of “raft”

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More