\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \
plural boats

Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small vessel for travel on water
b : ship
2 : a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device a gravy boat a laboratory boat
3 informal : a large car A lot of people still think Cadillac makes big floaty boats.— Mark LaNeve
in the same boat
: in the same situation or predicament


boated; boating; boats

Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in or bring into a boat

intransitive verb

: to go by boat

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Other Words from boat


boatful \ ˈbōt-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce boat (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boat (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of boat in a Sentence

Noun He tied the boat to the dock. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor. traveling by boat across the ocean Verb We boated over to the island. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of chasing monster mackerel on a boat named Running Tide, Odlin started a company called Running Tide to help solve the problem. Bill Weir, CNN, 22 May 2022 The Thach’s boat plucked at least seven crewmen from the Dolphin’s hull, including the two senior officers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Each set supports a boat up to 75 pounds and 36 inches wide. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Or maybe someone just fell off a boat after one too many. New York Times, 20 May 2022 This decorative boat can adorn a desk, shelf or bedside table. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 20 May 2022 Cool down on the water this weekend by hopping a river boat. Lauren Daley,, 19 May 2022 In 2011, when Boston Scientific poached Mike Mahoney from Johnson & Johnson and hired him as CEO, his final job interview was on Mr. Nicholas’s boat in Newport, R.I. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Also available as optional programming are private yoga classes, cooking lessons, onsite beauty treatments, helicopter and boat rentals and VIP access to Amavia’s private beach restaurant in nearby Cap d’Ail, and much more. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Step it up with these high-waisted jeans that boat a D-ring belt for a more elevated take on classic wide-leg denim. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 The men had left Pilot Station 12 days ago to boat down to the coast to hunt seal and beluga whale. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 Visitors to the region can hire local indigenous guides to boat them around the lake and through the river networks, pointing out wildlife and explaining the historical importance of the site. Lucy Sherriff, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 But don’t wait for the chance to boat a daily bag limit of five of the feisty trout. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 The easiest and most important things for people to remember is to boat sober and wear their life jacket, said Lt. Darren Kuhn, DNR boating law administrator. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 July 2021 Texas guide Dawson Hefner specializes in alligator gar fishing and had volunteered to ferry the two anglers onto the Trinity River in a final attempt to boat the elusive fish. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 The scam impersonates Alabama Power, warning people who intend to boat or swim in Lewis Smith Lake to stay out of the water due to a significant increase in the amount of flesh-eating bacteria found in the lake. al, 29 June 2021 The Mississippi River cruises will also visit Red Wing, Minn., where guests can boat across Lake Pepin and visit Wabasha's National Eagle Center. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of boat


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for boat


Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat

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25 May 2022

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“Boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for boat


\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \

Kids Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small vessel driven on the water by oars, paddles, sails, or a motor


boated; boating

Kids Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a boat

Other Words from boat

boater noun

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