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Meaning of “surf” in the English Dictionary

"surf" in British English

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surfverb [I or T]

uk   /sɜːf/  us   /sɝːf/
B1 to ​ride on a ​wave as it comes towards ​land, while ​standing or ​lying on a ​specialboard: They go surfing every ​weekend.

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surfnoun [U]

uk   /sɜːf/  us   /sɝːf/
the ​tops of the ​waves on the ​sea when they are near to the ​coast or ​hit against ​rocks: We were ​almostdeafened by the ​crash/​roar of the surf.
(Definition of surf from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surf" in American English

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surfnoun [U]

 us   /sɜrf/
  • surf noun [U] (WAVES)

the ​waves on the ​sea when they ​approach the ​coast or ​hit against ​rocks

surfverb

 us   /sɜrf/
  • surf verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[T] to move ​quickly from one ​place to another within a ​system to ​learn what each ​place is ​offering: You can ​turn on ​yourcomputer now and go surfing on the ​Web. He ​spends a lot of ​time surfing TV ​channels.
  • surf verb (RIDE WAVES)

[I] to use a ​surfboard (= ​long, ​narrowboard) to ​ridewaves toward a ​beach: They go surfing every ​weekend.
(Definition of surf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"surf" in Business English

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surfverb [I or T]

uk   us   /sɜːf/ INTERNET
to ​spendtime looking at ​websites: Persuading more ​subscribers to surf the ​internet is at the heart of a ​strategy intended to ​boostsales.
surfing
noun [U]
Here are ten ​safe surfing ​tips for teens.
(Definition of surf from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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