English definition of “fly”
/flaɪ/ verb (past tense flew, past participle flown)
MOVE THROUGH AIR [I] › When a bird, insect, aircraft, etc flies, it moves through the air: The robin flew up into a tree. The plane was flying at 5000 feet.
TRAVEL [I] › to travel through the air in an aircraft: I'm flying to Delhi tomorrow.
CONTROL AIRCRAFT [I, T] › to control an aircraft: She learned to fly at the age of 18.
TAKE/SEND [T] › to take or send people or goods somewhere by aircraft: [often passive] She was flown to hospital by helicopter.
fly along/down/past, etc › to move somewhere very quickly: He grabbed some clothes and flew down the stairs.
send sb/sth flying › to cause someone or something to move through the air suddenly, usually in an accident
LEAVE [I] UK › to leave suddenly: I must fly - I'm late for work.
let fly (at sb/sth) mainly UK informal › to start shouting angrily or attacking someone
TIME [I] › If time flies, it passes very quickly.
FLAG [I, T] › If you fly a flag, or a flag is flying, it is fixed to a rope or pole and raised in the air. flying noun [U] › Ben's afraid of flying. → See also as the crow flies → See also fly off the handle