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verb float pronunciation in American English /floʊt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefloating
past tensefloated
past participlefloated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to rest or move slowly on the surface of a liquid and not sink
    Their raft would not float.
    float on/in: Leaves and twigs floated on the water.
    float by/along/toward etc.: Miranda floated by on her back.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to place something or make it move on the surface of a liquid
      They were floating little paper boats on the lake.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be lighter than air, and to move slowly through it
    float in/through/across/over etc.: Bubbles floated in the air.
    A cloud floated across the moon.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a sound or smell floats somewhere, it moves through the air so that it can be heard or smelled in different places
    float up/down/across/through etc.: Music floated up from the garden.
    Perfume floated around her.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move in a very soft and graceful way
    float down/up/across etc.: Fabia floated down the stairs in a long white dress.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to suggest an idea for people to consider to see how they will react
    Various explanations for his resignation are being floated.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] informal if something such as an idea floats, it is successful or accepted
    Old TV shows repackaged as movies rarely float.
  7. 7
    [intransitive] to behave in a way that shows you do not have a clear plan for what you want to do
    She just sort of floats through life.
  8. 8
    [transitive] business to start to sell a companys shares on the stock market
    The company was floated in 1993.
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