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flyverb

 us   /flɑɪ/ (past tense flew  /flu/ , past participle flown  /floʊn/ )
  • fly verb (TRAVEL THROUGH AIR)

[I/T] (of creatures, objects, or aircraft) to move through the air, or (of people) to travel by aircraft: [I] The building just exploded, and glass flew through the air. [I] We enjoy watching the birds fly over the water. [I] Are you planning to fly or drive to Toronto? [I] Some of our pilots have been flying (= operating an aircraft) for 20 years. [I/T] What airline are you flying (on) (= traveling on as a passenger)?
  • fly verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move or go quickly or suddenly: Theo was startled when the door flew open. Saying she was late, Cathy flew by me and ran outside. The summer seems to have flown by (= passed quickly).
  • fly verb (WAVE)

[I/T] to move around in the air while being held at one end, or to cause something attached at one end to be moved: [I] Flags flew from the front of every house.

flynoun

 us   /flɑɪ/
  • fly noun (INSECT)

[C] a small insect with two wings
  • fly noun (PANTS)

  • fly noun (BALL)

[C] (also fly ball,  /ˈflɑɪˈbɔl/ ) in baseball, a ball that has been hit high into the air: He caught the fly in deep center field.
(Definition of fly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"fly" in British English

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flyverb

uk   /flaɪ/  us   /flaɪ/ (flew, flown)
  • fly verb (TRAVEL)

A2 [I] When a bird, insect, or aircraft flies, it moves through the air: The poor bird couldn't fly because it had a broken wing. As soon as it saw us, the bird flew away/off.
A1 [I or T] to travel by aircraft, or to go somewhere or cross something in an aircraft: We flew to Paris. We fly from/out from/out of La Guardia, but fly back (in)to JKF. We are flying at a height of 36,000 feet. She has to fly thousands of miles every year for her job. Who was the first person to fly (across) the Atlantic?
[T] to use a particular company to travel by aircraft: I usually fly Lufthansa/Japan Airlines/El Al.
C2 [T] to transport people or goods by aircraft: The restaurant flies its fish in daily from Scotland. We will be flying 100 badly wounded civilians out of the battle zone tonight.
B2 [I or T] to control an aircraft: I learned to fly when I was in Australia.

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  • fly verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move or go quickly: With the explosion, glass flew across the room. Cathy flew by/past me in the corridor. My holiday seems to have flown (by) (= passed very quickly) this year. The door/window suddenly flew open.UK informal Anyway, I must fly (= leave quickly) - I didn't realize how late it was!

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  • fly verb (WAVE)

[I or T] to wave or move about in the air while being fixed at one end: The ship was flying the Spanish flag. The flag was flying at half-mast (= brought down to a point half way down the pole) to mark the death of the president. There isn't really enough wind to fly a kite today.
  • fly verb (SPREAD)

[I] mainly US If rumours, accusations, etc. fly, , they are passed quickly from one person to another and cause excitement: Rumors are flying that the school may close.

flynoun [C]

uk   /flaɪ/  us   /flaɪ/
  • fly noun [C] (FISHING)

a hook (= curved piece of wire) with coloured threads fastened to it, attached to the end of a fishing line to attract fish
(Definition of fly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fly" in Business English

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flyverb

uk   us   /flaɪ/ (flew, flown)
[I] TRANSPORT to travel in an aircraft: How long does it take to fly from Heathrow to Los Angeles?fly out of/into somewhere More and more business executives are flying out of the state's commercial airports.fly business class/economy/standby They flew business class to Johannesburg overnight.
[T + adv/prep] TRANSPORT to transport people or goods by aircraft: Oil workers are flown by helicopter to the rigs.
[I] informal to be successful or popular: We're hoping the new brand name will fly.
fly a kite
to make a suggestion in order to get the reaction of others to it: In my opinion he is flying a kite that would destroy the private enterprise system.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of fly from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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