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"sail" in British English

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sailverb

uk   /seɪl/ us   /seɪl/
  • sail verb (TRAVEL)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep] When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water: The boat sailed along/down the coast. As the battleship sailed by/past, everyone on deck waved. The ship was sailing to China.
B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to control a boat that has no engine and is pushed by the wind: He sailed the dinghy up the river. She sailed around the world single-handed in her yacht.
[I] When a ship sails, it starts travelling, and when people sail from a particular place or at a particular time, they start travelling in a ship: Their ship sails for Bombay next Friday.

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  • sail verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I + adv/prep] to move quickly, easily, and (of a person) confidently: The ball went sailing over the fence. He wasn't looking where he was going, and just sailed straight into her. Manchester United sailed on (= continued easily) to victory in the final.

sailnoun

uk   /seɪl/ us   /seɪl/
  • sail noun (MATERIAL)

C2 [C] a sheet of material attached to a pole on a boat to catch the wind and make the boat move: to hoist/lower the sails
[C] On a windmill, a sail is any of the wide blades that are turned by the wind in order to produce power.
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"sail" in American English

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sailverb [I/T]

us   /seɪl/
to travel across water in a boat or ship, or to operate a boat or ship on the water: [I] He is not fun to sail with. [T] I sail a small racing boat.
Sail also means to leave on a boat or ship: [I] When do we sail?

sailnoun [C]

us   /seɪl/
a sheet of material used to catch the wind and move a boat or ship: I restored an old wooden boat and got a new canvas sail for it.
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