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verb cruise pronunciation in British English /kruːz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecruising
past tensecruised
past participlecruised
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to sail in a ship for pleasure, especially to a series of places

    The first week was spent cruising around the Baltic.

    They’ll be going cruising the Greek islands next week.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to travel at a steady speed in a car or plane

    We are now cruising at a height of 30,000 feet.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to drive around slowly in a car for pleasure
  4. 4
    [intransitive] mainly journalism to achieve success easily in a race, game, or competition
    cruise to/into/through:

    Liverpool cruised to their sixth successive win this afternoon.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to go around a place trying to find a sexual partner

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