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

Spread out your towel at the swim beach or head out onto the water to cruise around or fish. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "9 spots that are perfect for your next Colorado lake day," 1 Aug. 2019 Fifth-generation fighter jets typically include a stealthy design, the ability to cruise at speeds of Mach 1 or greater, and a powerful radar and the ability to send and receive data with friendly forces in a networked environment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Ten Years Later, Russia Finally Begins Production of the Su-57 Stealth Fighter," 31 July 2019 Winker doesn’t hit the ball very hard, but left fielder David Dahl misplays the carom off the side wall, allowing Casali to score and Winker to cruise into third. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Gray’s anatomy: One game at Coors Field through the eyes of the Rockies’ right-hander," 20 July 2019 Peña needed only 20 pitches to cruise through the third and fourth innings. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "'He Pitched for Me': How the Angels Honored Tyler Skaggs in the Most Emotional No-Hitter in MLB History," 15 July 2019 The only way to cruise the rest of the route is by foot, bicycle, or bus. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Denali National Park and Preserve," 8 July 2019 Dawson continued to unload on Rankin against the ropes and started to cruise. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "Dawson, Williams earn wins at Foxwoods," 30 June 2019 The luxury sector, which has outperformed the broader market in the current downturn, will likely continue to cruise faster. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s New Emissions Rules Choke Local Car Makers," 18 June 2019 Biden and others with strong polling numbers, including Sanders and Warren, may be able to cruise through the night sticking to tested talking points and sound bites. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Democrats set their 2020 debate lineups — Biden faces Sanders, while Warren spars with Booker," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This will be the fourth Impractical Jokers cruise to set sail, and excursions include a trip to the famed Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Sail with a Celeb! How to Cruise with Cardi B, Jon Bon Jovi, Impractical Jokers and More," 6 Aug. 2019 Jensen said the sunset trip is one of his most popular outings, up there with the pirate cruises. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 1945 fishing tug gets a new life as a tour boat in Michigan," 2 Aug. 2019 Boarding for the three-hour cruise begins at 6 p.m. Monday at the St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. in Stillwater. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Monday riverboat cruise to raise money for Stillwater’s HIV/AIDS hospice," 1 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Barry made landfall July 13 — 10 days before the measurement cruise began. Washington Post, "Did Hurricane Barry prevent a near-record ‘dead zone’?," 1 Aug. 2019 Boris Herrmann, who will skipper the boat, said the voyage would not be the luxury cruise that a high-tech yacht might conjure in the popular imagination. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "Greta Thunberg to Attend New York Climate Talks. She’ll Take a Sailboat.," 29 July 2019 The evening cruise will include food from local restaurants, music, a cash bar, 50/50 and silent raffles, and views of the sunset over Gloucester harbor. L. Kim Tan, BostonGlobe.com, "Summertime, when the livin’ is busy," 28 July 2019 Those believed to have been involved in the fight were confined to their cabin for the last day of the cruise, ITV reported. Helena Cavendish De Moura And Susanna Capelouto, CNN, "Passenger dressed as a clown causes mass brawl on cruise ship, witnesses say," 28 July 2019 In his new role as president of LiveStyle North America, Richards now curates the competing FriendShip cruise and the All My Friends Festival in downtown LA. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Behind the Rise -- And Risks -- Of Artist-Driven Dance Music Festivals," 26 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cruise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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