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flowverb [I]

 us   /floʊ/
(esp. of ​liquids, ​gases, or ​electricity) to move in one ​direction, esp. ​continuously and ​easily: Air flows over an aircraft’s ​wingfaster than it flows under it. Lava from the ​volcano was flowing down the ​hillside. An ​electricalcurrent flows from ​positive to ​negative. Many ​rivers flow into the Pacific Ocean. With fewer ​cars on the ​roads, ​traffic is flowing (= ​movingforward) more ​smoothly than ​usual. fig. My ​thoughts flow more ​easily (= I can ​think more ​easily) if I ​work on a word ​processor. Something can be said to flow if it ​hangs down ​loosely and ​attractively: Her ​long, ​redhair flowed down over ​shoulders.

flownoun [C usually sing]

 us   /floʊ/
movement of a ​liquid: This ​drugincreases the flow of ​blood to the ​heart. fig. Music ​interrupted the flow of the ​conversation (= the ​regularexchange between ​speakers). earth science A flow is also ​largemass of ​material, such as ​lava (= ​meltedrock from a ​volcano), that is flowing or has flowed in the past.
(Definition of flow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"flow" in British English

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flowverb [I]

uk   /fləʊ/  us   /floʊ/
  • flow verb [I] (MOVE)

B1 (​especially of ​liquids, ​gases, or ​electricity) to ​move in one ​direction, ​especiallycontinuously and ​easily: Lava from the ​volcano was flowing down the ​hillside. Many ​shortrivers flow into the ​Pacific Ocean. The ​river flows through three ​counties before flowing into the ​sea just ​south of here. With fewer ​cars on the ​roads, traffic is flowing (= ​movingforward) more ​smoothly than ​usual.

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  • flow verb [I] (CONTINUE)

to ​continue to ​arrive or be ​produced: Please ​keep the ​money flowing in! Offers of ​help are flowing into the ​disasterarea from all over the ​country. My thoughts flow more ​easily if I ​work on a ​computer. By eleven o'clock, the wine was ​starting to flow. After they'd all had a ​drink or two, the conversationbegan to flow.

flownoun

uk   /fləʊ/  us   /floʊ/
  • flow noun (MOVEMENT)

B2 [C usually singular] the ​movement of something in one ​direction: the flow of a ​river the flow oftraffic the flow ofblood

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  • flow noun (CONTINUOUS NUMBER)

[C usually singular] a ​regular and ​quitelargenumber of something: There's been a steady flow ofvisitors. [S] a ​situation in which something is ​produced or ​movedcontinuously: the flow ofideas/​information

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(Definition of flow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flow" in Business English

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flowverb [I]

uk   us   /fləʊ/
if ​money, ​goods, etc. flow, they ​move from one ​company, ​organization, or ​place to another in large ​amounts: Capital must flow freely around the ​world in ​order to ensure ​internationalprosperity.flow in/out/back As ​revenue comes in it will flow back to ​investors.flow into/through/out of sth The ​money flowing into ​onlineadvertising today is largely from ​directmarketingcompanies.
if discussions or ​ideas flow, ​peopletalk and ​exchangeinformation in a relaxed way: Ideas flow more easily in an atmosphere of ​trust.

flownoun [C or U]

uk   us   /fləʊ/
a ​situation in which a large ​amount of ​money or ​goodsmoves from one ​company, ​organization, or ​place to another: Portfolio ​investment flows generally ​equate to high ​interestrates.a steady/constant flow of sth The ​company is in the enviable ​position of having no ​debt and a ​steady flow of ​revenue.the flow of money/goods/resources Stateauthorities welcome the flow of ​money from those ​seeking city ​contracts.
a ​situation in which ​information and ​ideas are ​exchanged between ​companies or ​organizations: Improving the flow of ​information between ​buyers and ​sellers makes ​markets more ​efficient.a flow of sth A ​shared sense of ​commitment to a ​projectleads to a ​free flow of ​ideas and ​information.
(Definition of flow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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