afloat

adjective or adverb \ ə-ˈflōt \

Definition of afloat

1 a : borne on or as if on the water
b : being at sea
2 : free of difficulties : self-sufficient
  • the inheritance kept them afloat for years
3 a : circulating about
  • nasty stories were afloat
b : adrift

Origin and Etymology of afloat

Middle English aflote, going back to Old English aflote, on flote, from a- 1a-, on 1on + flote, dative of flot "deep water, sea" — more at 1float


AFLOAT Defined for English Language Learners

afloat

adjective

Definition of afloat for English Language Learners

  • : floating on water

  • : having enough money to continue : able to continue without suffering financial failure


AFLOAT Defined for Kids

afloat

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈflōt \

Definition of afloat for Students

: carried on or as if on water
  • The boat stayed afloat through the storm.


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