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verb float pronunciation in American English /floʊt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfloat
he/she/itfloats
present participlefloating
past tensefloated
past participlefloated
  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. 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.

  4. 5
    [transitive] to suggest an idea for people to consider to see how they will react

    Various explanations for his resignation are being floated.

  5. 6
    [intransitive] informal if something such as an idea floats, it is successful or accepted

    Old TV shows repackaged as movies rarely float.

  6. 8
    [transitive] business to start to sell a companys shares on the stock market

    The company was floated in 1993.

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