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verb [intransitive]     hover pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehovering
past tensehovered
past participlehovered
  1. 2
    to stay somewhere because you are waiting to do something or because you cannot decide what to do

    The waiter was hovering by their table.

    Her hand hovered over the phone for a couple of seconds.

  2. 3
    to be in a state or situation that may change at any time
    hover between:

    His girlfriend is hovering between life and death.

  3. 4
    to be at or near a particular level without changing much
    hover around/near:

    Their total world sales hover around the 50,000,000 mark.

  4. 5
    computing to put the mouse over an icon on a computer screen to get more information without pressing the mouse button
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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