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cavort

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verb ca·vort \kə-ˈvȯrt\

Simple Definition of cavort

  • : to jump or move around in a lively manner

  • : to spend time in an enjoyable and often wild or improper way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cavort

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap or dance about in a lively manner

  3. 2 :  to engage in extravagant behavior

Examples of cavort in a sentence

  1. Otters cavorted in the stream.

  2. <children cavorting on the first sunny day of spring>



Origin and Etymology of cavort

perhaps alteration of curvet


First Known Use: 1794


CAVORT Defined for Kids

cavort

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verb ca·vort \kə-ˈvort\

Definition of cavort for Students

cavorted

cavorting

  1. :  to move or hop about in a lively way <… I saw the raccoons cavort around my fireplace … — Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain>





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