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buoy

noun [C] uk   /bɔɪ/ us    /ˈbuː.i/
a floating object on the top of the sea, used for directing ships and warning them of possible danger

buoy

verb uk   /bɔɪ/ us    /ˈbuː.i/

buoy verb (FLOAT)

[T] to prevent someone or something from sinking: The very salty water buoyed her (up) as she swam.

buoy verb (MAKE HAPPIER)

[T usually passive] to make someone feel happier or more confident about a situation: She was buoyed (up) by the warm reception her audience gave her.

buoy verb (MAKE SUCCESSFUL)

[T usually passive] to support something and make it more successful: House prices have been buoyed (up) in the area by the possibility of a new factory opening.
Translations of “buoy”
in Korean 부표…
in Arabic عَوّامة الإِرْشاد…
in French bouée…
in Turkish şamandıra…
in Italian boa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 浮標,航標…
in Russian буй…
in Polish boja…
in Spanish boya…
in Portuguese boia…
in German die Boje…
in Catalan boia…
in Japanese (沖の)ブイ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 浮标,航标…
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