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verb sail pronunciation in American English /seɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysail
he/she/itsails
present participlesailing
past tensesailed
past participlesailed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a boat sails, it moves across the surface of an ocean, lake, river, etc.

    The yacht sailed into harbor.

    The boat was never designed to sail such rough seas.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to travel somewhere by boat or ship

      Sail to Greece aboard the SS Monterey.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to begin a trip by boat or ship

      We sail for Guadalajara tomorrow morning.

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    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] to control the movement of a boat or ship, especially one that uses the wind to move it

      It's a great opportunity to learn to sail.

      They spent their vacation sailing the Caribbean (=sailing a boat around the Caribbean).

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move quickly and easily

    He sailed past us without even saying a word.

    The ball sailed over his head and into the goal.

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