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fleet

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verb \ˈflēt\

Definition of fleet

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  drift

  3. 2 a archaic :  flow b :  to fade away :  vanish

  4. 3 [3fleet] :  to fly swiftly

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause (time) to pass usually quickly or imperceptibly



Origin of fleet

Middle English fleten, from Old English flēotan; akin to Old High German fliozzan to float, Old English flōwan to flow


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fleet

noun

Simple Definition of fleet

  • : a group of military ships that are controlled by one leader

  • : all of a country's military ships

  • : a group of ships or vehicles that move or work together or that are controlled or owned by one company

Full Definition of fleet

  1. 1 :  a number of warships under a single command; specifically :  an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer

  2. 2 :  group 2a, b; especially :  a group (as of ships, planes, or trucks) operated under unified control

Examples of fleet

  1. He was the commander of the Pacific fleet.

  2. The company has a large fleet of delivery trucks.



Origin of fleet

Middle English flete, from Old English flēot ship, from flēotan


First Known Use: 13th century


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fleet

adjective

Simple Definition of fleet

  • : very fast

Full Definition of fleet

  1. 1 :  swift in motion :  nimble

  2. 2 :  fleeting

fleet·ly adverb
fleet·ness noun

Examples of fleet

  1. <a jewel thief said to be light of heart and fleet of foot>



Origin of fleet

probably from 1fleet


First Known Use: circa 1529

Synonym Discussion of fleet

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves <fast horses> and rapid to the movement itself <rapid current>. swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement <returned the ball with one swift stroke>. fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness <fleet runners>. quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time <a quick wit>. speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment <speedy delivery of mail> and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness <a hasty inspection>. expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment <the expeditious handling of an order>.


FLEET Defined for Kids

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fleet

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noun \ˈflēt\

Definition of fleet

  1. 1 :  a group of warships under one commander

  2. 2 :  a country's navy

  3. 3 :  a group of ships or vehicles that move together or are owned by one company <a fishing fleet> <a fleet of taxis>




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fleet

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adjective

Definition of fleet

fleet·erfleet·est

  1. :  very swift <a fleet runner>

fleet·ly adverb <ran fleetly>




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