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English definition of “float”

float

verb (MOVE)    /fləʊt/ US  /floʊt/
B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ( cause to) move easily through, or along the surface of a liquid , or to ( cause to) move easily through air : We spent a lazy afternoon floating down/along the river . He tossed the bottle into the waves and watched it float out to sea . The children enjoy floating their boats on the pond in the park . Fluffy white clouds were floating across the sky .figurative The sound of piano-playing floated out through the open window .Movement on or through waterMovement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft [I usually + adv/prep] literary to move smoothly and attractively : She sort of floats around, like a ballet dancer .Slow and moving slowly [I usually + adv/prep] to move or act without purpose : Since he lost his job , he's just floated around/about doing nothing.Passive and not working
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