afloat

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adjective or adverb \ə-ˈflōt\

Definition of afloat

  1. 1 a :  borne on or as if on the water b :  being at sea

  2. 2 :  free of difficulties :  self-sufficient <the inheritance kept them afloat for years>

  3. 3 a :  circulating about <nasty stories were afloat> b :  adrift

Origin and Etymology of afloat

Middle English aflot, from Old English on flot, from on + flot, from flot deep water, sea; akin to Old English flēotan to float — more at fleet


First Known Use: before 12th century


AFLOAT Defined for English Language Learners

afloat

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adjective or adverb \ə-ˈflōt\

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

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈflōt\

Definition of afloat for Students

  1. :  carried on or as if on water <The boat stayed afloat through the storm.>



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