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English definition of “sail”

sail

verb (TRAVEL)    /seɪl/
B2 [I usually + adv/prep] When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water: The boat sailed along/down the coast. As the battleship sailed by/past, everyone on deck waved. The ship was sailing to China.Sailing and boatingMovement on or through water B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to control a boat that has no engine and is pushed by the wind: He sailed the dinghy up the river. She sailed around the world single-handed in her yacht.Sailing and boatingMovement on or through water [I] When a ship sails, it starts its journey, and when people sail from a particular place or at a particular time, they start their journey in a ship: Their ship sails for Bombay next Friday.Sailing and boatingMovement on or through water
(Definition of sail verb (TRAVEL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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