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English definition of “float”

float

verb [I/T] (MOVE ON LIQUID)   /floʊt/
to stay or move easily on or over the surface of a liquid, or to cause something to move in this way: [I] An empty bottle will float on water. [I] I’d float around for hours, just fishing. [T] Fill the cups with hot coffee and float heavy cream on top. [I] We spent a lazy afternoon floating down the river. [I] fig. She removes the pins and her hair floats (= moves gracefully) down around her. [I] fig. Reports have been floating around (= heard from various people) that the company might be for sale. Float also means to move easily through air: [I] Fluffy white clouds were floating across the sky.
(Definition of float verb (MOVE ON LIQUID) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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