cruise

verb
\ ˈkrüz How to pronounce cruise (audio) \
cruised; cruising

Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to sail about touching at a series of ports
2 : to move or proceed speedily, smoothly, or effortlessly I'll cruise over to her house to see if she's home
3 : to travel without destination or purpose
4a : to go about the streets at random but on the lookout for possible developments the cabdriver cruised for an hour before being hailed
b : to search (as in public places) for a sexual partner
5a of an airplane : to fly at the most efficient operating speed
b of an automobile : to travel at a speed suitable for being maintained for a long distance

transitive verb

1 : to cruise over or about
2 : to inspect (land) with reference to possible lumber yield
3a : to search in (a public place) for a sexual partner
b : to approach and suggest sexual relations to
4 : to explore or search the offerings of especially : surf cruise the Internet

cruise

noun

Definition of cruise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of cruise in a Sentence

Verb We cruised for a week down the Yangtze River. He dreams of cruising the Mediterranean. The bus was cruising at 55 miles per hour. We were cruising along the highway. The plane was cruising at 30,000 feet. On Friday nights, teenagers cruise the main street in town to show off their cars. A car cruised past us. Noun We went on a weeklong cruise down the Yangtze River. They went on a cruise for their honeymoon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb DeSantis’ press office on Monday asserted that his recent executive order barring businesses from requiring proof of vaccinated customers extends to cruise lines operating in Florida. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Another cruise line will require vaccines; DeSantis says no," 12 Apr. 2021 Allen hasn’t lost a district game since October 2010, and in recent seasons, there was little reason to doubt the Eagles wouldn’t cruise through their schedule. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Evaluating 3 toughest Class 6A districts in Dallas area: Allen and Duncanville won’t coast to playoffs," 20 Oct. 2020 That’s all-in, ready to go, cruise off into the sunset. John Koetsier, Forbes, "The X-Shore Electric Boat Is The Tesla Of The Sea (And Just Snagged $17M To Expand Production)," 20 Apr. 2021 Most expeditions ships cruise the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the continent’s northernmost part. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Antarctica's Cruise Season Will Look Different This Year," 19 Apr. 2021 That’s producing optimism among Republicans that DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will cruise to victory in next year’s election. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "DeSantis, Scott to attend fundraising dinner at Mar-a-Lago," 16 Apr. 2021 In lieu of the spectacle, the 33 starting drivers will instead cruise through Indianapolis neighborhoods to greet fans May 29. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "The in-person Indy 500 parade has been canceled again. Here’s the new plan.," 31 Mar. 2021 During the trip, travelers will also cruise through the South Shetland Islands, kayak among icebergs, and hike Antarctic trails. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "This Epic Cruise Will Take You to Patagonia and Antarctica to Spot the Solar Eclipse This December," 18 Mar. 2021 President Nguesso, who is looking to extend his 36-year reign is expected to cruise to victory ahead of Kolelas and five other presidential contenders as vote counting continues in the oil-rich Central African country. Nimi Princewill, CNN, "Republic of Congo opposition candidate dies from Covid-19 complications a day after election," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This makes a dual-use missile like SM-6 capable of striking aircraft, cruise missiles, and ships especially useful. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Navy Destroyer Teamed Up With Drones to Hit a Ship 250 Miles Away," 28 Apr. 2021 These troops are joined by a steady increase in warplanes, attack helicopters, tanks, cruise missiles and all the other matériel necessary for a conventional invasion. Michael Weiss, Time, "Russia Is Murdering the Kremlin's Biggest Critic in Plain Sight. Who Will Save Alexei Navalny?," 22 Apr. 2021 Of course Taiwan wants the latest American stealth cruise missiles. David Axe, Forbes, "Taiwan Wants Stealth Cruise Missiles," 21 Apr. 2021 Without them stealth fighters and cruise missiles could miss their targets and smartphones might drop calls. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opinion: Biden Orders Review of U.S. Strategic Stockpiles to Safeguard National Security," 2 Apr. 2021 Days later, North Korea launched a pair of short-range cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea. NBC News, "Satellite image shows renewed activity at North Korean nuclear lab," 30 Mar. 2021 The launches came a day after U.S. and South Korean officials said the North fired short-range weapons presumed to be cruise missiles into its western sea over the weekend. Kim Tong-hyung And Kim Hyung-jin, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea's test-fire of ballistic missiles is a test for Biden," 25 Mar. 2021 This past weekend North Korea fired two short-range cruise missiles sometime, though the launches were not reported by the U.S. until Tuesday. Luis Martinez, ABC News, "Biden: US will respond if North Korea escalates following new missile launches," 25 Mar. 2021 The launches came a day after U.S. and South Korean officials said the North fired short-range weapons presumed to be cruise missiles into its western sea over the weekend. Kim Tong-hyung, USA TODAY, "North Korea fires 2 missiles into sea, South Korea says," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cruise

Verb

1651, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1696, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cruise

Verb

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

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Last Updated

6 May 2021

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“Cruise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cruise. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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cruise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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

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

cruise

verb
\ ˈkrüz How to pronounce cruise (audio) \
cruised; cruising

Kids Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cruise

noun

Kids Definition of cruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: a trip on a ship

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