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careen

verb ca·reen \ kə-ˈrēn \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of careen

1 : to put (a ship or boat) on a beach especially in order to clean, caulk, or repair the hull
2 : to cause to heel over
  • High waves careened the boat.
1 a : to clean, caulk, or repair the hull of a boat
b : to undergo this process
2 : to heel over
3 : to sway from side to side : lurch
  • a careening carriage being pulled wildly … by a team of runaway horses
  • —J. P. Getty
4 : career
  • The car careened down the hill.

Examples of careen in a Sentence

  1. the sled careened as it barreled down the hill

  2. he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head

Recent Examples of careen from the Web

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careen and career

Some people might be confused by the warning to not confuse careen and career, because the most common sense of career ("a profession") is not much like any of the meanings of careen. But when employed as a verb, career does have some semantic overlap with careen; both words may be used to mean "to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner." A car, for instance, may either careen or career. Some usage guides hold, however, that the car is only careening if there is side-to-side motion, as careen has other meanings related to movement, among which is "to sway from side to side."

Origin and Etymology of careen

from carine side of a ship, from Middle French, submerged part of a hull, from Latin carina hull, half of a nutshell; perhaps akin to Greek karyon nut


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careen

noun

Definition of careen

archaic
: the act or process of careening : the state of being careened

First Known Use of careen

1712

in the meaning defined above

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CAREEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of careen for English Language Learners

  • : to go forward quickly without control


CAREEN Defined for Kids

careen

verb ca·reen \ kə-ˈrēn \

Definition of careen for Students

careened; careening
: to go at high speed without control


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