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aloft

adverb \ ə-ˈlȯft \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of aloft

1 :at or to a great height
  • measuring the winds aloft
2 :in the air; especially :in flight (as in an airplane)
  • meals served aloft
3 :at, on, or to the masthead or the higher rigging
  • went aloft to unfurl the sails

Examples of aloft in a Sentence

  1. The balloon stayed aloft for days.

  2. the ease with which he can hold a ballerina aloft with one hand is awesome

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Origin and Etymology of aloft

Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt, from ā on, in + lopt air — more at on, loft

aloft Synonyms

Synonyms
above, over, overhead
Antonyms
below, beneath, under
Related Words
skyward, upward (or upwards)
Near Antonyms
underneath

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aloft

preposition

Definition of aloft

:on top of :above
  • bright signs aloft hotels

Origin and Etymology of aloft

see 1aloft


ALOFT Defined for English Language Learners

aloft

adverb

Definition of aloft for English Language Learners

  • : in the air


ALOFT Defined for Kids

aloft

adverb \ ə-ˈlȯft \

Definition of aloft for Students

1 :in the air or in flight
  • The seven great birds stayed aloft about half an hour …
  • —E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
2 :at, on, or to the higher rigging of a ship


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