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verb [intransitive] hover pronunciation in British English /ˈhɒvə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhover
he/she/ithovers
present participlehovering
past tensehovered
past participlehovered
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  1. 1
    if a bird, insect, or aircraft hovers, it keeps itself in the same position in the air
    An army helicopter hovered overhead.
  2. 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.
  3. 3
    to be in a state or situation that may change at any time
    hover between: His girlfriend is hovering between life and death.
  4. 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.

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