Meaning of “raft” in the English Dictionary

"raft" in British English

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uk /rɑːft/ us /ræft/

raftverb [ I or T ]

uk /rɑːft/ us /ræft/

to travel or transport something on a raft:

They rafted their supplies down the river.
We rafted through the rapids.
Have you ever been white water rafting?

(Definition of “raft” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"raft" in American English

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raftnoun [ C ]

us /ræft/

raft noun [ C ] (FLOATING STRUCTURE)

a flat, floating structure made of pieces of wood tied together, often attached to the bottom of a river or lake for use when swimming

A raft is also a small rubber or plastic boat that can be filled with air.

raft noun [ C ] (A LOT)

a large number or collection; a lot:

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

"raft" in Business English

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raftnoun [ C ]

uk /rɑːft/ us /ræft/
a raft of sth

a large amount or number of something:

His plan is to encourage more personal investment with a raft of tax breaks.
Congress is working to complete a raft of spending measures for the new fiscal year.
A whole raft of new guidelines and legislation is being introduced.

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