\ 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 boatful (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boatlike (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawyers for the boat company did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34," 12 Nov. 2019 The Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville in the Upper Peninsula, let kids use planers to work curves into wood used to build boats. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Cranes, planes and automobiles showcase career options for students," 10 Nov. 2019 Many of those races were made on family boats all named Siren Song. Graydon Megan,, "Joseph Wright, environmental lawyer and competitive sailor, dies at 81," 10 Nov. 2019 Green Turtle relies on golf cart rentals, boat charters and restaurants as the economic pulse. NBC News, "Two months after Hurricane Dorian, debris poses critical health risks for Bahamians," 9 Nov. 2019 Though boat traffic is a common sight to those who live in waterfront homes where at least one current real estate listing exceeds $15 million, staring at a stuck, 203-foot ship must have been somewhat startling. Doug Phillips,, "Uninvited visitor near exclusive Miami island: 200-foot cargo ship that ran ‘hard aground’," 8 Nov. 2019 After receiving a tip that the men were in the Keys to illegally harvest lobster and fish, the FWC assigned four plain clothes officers on two unmarked boats to watch them. al, "Alabama men get 60 days in Florida jail for lobster poaching," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s also a 1955 photograph that may or may not show an apparition making its way across the boat’s deck. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Are there ghosts haunting the USS Constellation? The Travel Channel show ‘The Holzer Files’ certainly thinks so.," 7 Nov. 2019 Eventually, the boat ground to a halt on a rocky area less than 2,000 feet from the edge of the falls. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Historic Boat, Stuck Above Niagara Falls Since 1918, Finally Breaks Free," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But adding the background layer of industry re-defining practices — from paying farmers and factory workers fair, living wages to boating their goods from India to massively reduce carbon emissions — makes for a truly good night's sleep. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Boll & Branch just launched at Nordstrom! Shop the best styles," 28 Oct. 2019 Olympic sailing crews, boating enthusiasts and excitement-thirsty locals packed Trieste’s piers, old world cafes and vast square facing the sea. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "No Wind. No Problem. The Sailing Race Must Go On.," 24 Oct. 2019 Dominant with both Liverpool and Celtic, Dalglish has been given a 92-rated prime card which boats 92 shooting, 90 dribbling and 90 pace., "FIFA 20: Ratings of All-New Icons Revealed Featuring Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba & Pep Guardiola," 3 Sep. 2019 The operator of the boat on which Kelsey Starling was a passenger during a July 4 crash on Smith Lake has pleaded guilty to boating under the influence. Carol Robinson, al, "Man pleads guilty to boating under the influence after Kelsey Starling death," 27 Aug. 2019 After years of litigation, coastal and ranch officials agreed last year to a controversial deal that would have allowed access only to landowners, their guests, visitors with guides and those who could boat or paddle in from 2 miles away. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public heads to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?," 9 Sep. 2019 Cruising together and boating together and playing golf together and tennis. Christopher Keating,, "Far from the headaches of governing, Gov. Ned Lamont has a hideaway on the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine," 23 Aug. 2019 The area now boats a significant Ethiopian community, and a mural on the 400 block that honors both generations of immigrants. Sameer Rao,, "See Baltimore’s Asian American past and future converge at the Charm City Night Market," 16 Sep. 2019 The largest fish in derby history was boated in 1996, when Minnesota’s Jerry Meinders hauled in a 376.9-pound whopper. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby to end this year after a 34-year run," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of boat was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small vehicle that is used for traveling on water
: a vehicle of any size that is used for traveling on water
: a long and narrow container that is used for serving a sauce with a meal



English Language Learners Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel in a 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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