Meaning of “surf” in the English Dictionary

"surf" in British English

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surfverb [ I or T ]

uk /sɜːf/ us /sɝːf/

surf verb [ I or T ] (INTERNET)

A2 to spend time visiting a lot of websites:

He spends a lot of time surfing the internet/Net/Web.

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  • Jane's been surfing the Web all morning.
  • I spent hours surfing the Web, searching for information.

surf verb [ I or T ] (WAVES)

B1 to ride on a wave as it comes towards land, while standing or lying on a special board:

They go surfing every weekend.

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  • The ads feature a montage of images - people surfing, playing football and basketball.
  • For me, nothing compares with the thrill of surfing - it's better than sex.
  • We surfed the biggest waves ever on that beach.

surfnoun [ U ]

uk /sɜːf/ us /sɝːf/

(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 your computer 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, narrow board) to ride waves 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 /sɜːf/ us INTERNET

to spend time looking at websites:

Persuading more subscribers to surf the internet is at the heart of a strategy intended to boost sales.
surfing
noun [ U ]

Here are ten safe surfing tips for teens.

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