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cruise

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verb \ˈkrüz\

Definition of cruise

cruised

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cruising

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sail about touching at a series of ports

  3. 2 :  to move or proceed speedily, smoothly, or effortlessly I'll cruise over to her house to see if she's home

  4. 3 :  to travel without destination or purpose

  5. 4a :  to go about the streets at random but on the lookout for possible developments the cabdriver cruised for an hour before being hailedb :  to search (as in public places) for a sexual partner

  6. 5a of an airplane :  to fly at the most efficient operating speedb of an automobile :  to travel at a speed suitable for being maintained for a long distance

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to cruise over or about

  9. 2 :  to inspect (land) with reference to possible lumber yield

  10. 3a :  to search in (a public place) for a sexual partnerb :  to approach and suggest sexual relations to

  11. 4 :  to explore or search the offerings of; especially :  surf cruise the Internet

Examples of cruise in a Sentence

  1. We cruised for a week down the Yangtze River.

  2. He dreams of cruising the Mediterranean.

  3. The bus was cruising at 55 miles per hour.

  4. We were cruising along the highway.

  5. The plane was cruising at 30,000 feet.

  6. On Friday nights, teenagers cruise the main street in town to show off their cars.

  7. A car cruised past us.

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Origin and Etymology of cruise

Dutch kruisen to make a cross, cruise, from Middle Dutch crucen, from crūce cross, from Latin cruc-, crux


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cruise

noun

Definition of cruise

  1. :  an act or an instance of cruising; especially :  a tour by ship

Examples of cruise in a Sentence

  1. We went on a weeklong cruise down the Yangtze River.

  2. They went on a cruise for their honeymoon.

Recent Examples of cruise from the Web

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First Known Use of cruise

1696

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CRUISE Defined for English Language Learners

cruise

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verb

Definition of cruise for English Language Learners

  • : to travel on a boat or ship to a number of places as a vacation

  • of a car, airplane, etc. : to move along at a steady speed

  • : to drive or be driven slowly

cruise

noun

Definition of cruise for English Language Learners

  • : a journey on a boat or ship to a number of places as a vacation


CRUISE Defined for Kids

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cruise

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verb \ˈkrüz\

Definition of cruise for Students

cruised

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cruising

  1. 1 :  to travel by ship often stopping at a series of ports They cruised along the coast.

  2. 2 :  to travel at a steady pace


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cruise

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noun

Definition of cruise for Students

  1. :  a trip on a ship



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