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 Despite missing a staggering amount of players in their first game and only a handful fewer in the second, the Bulldogs cruised to a 2-0 start to their season. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Dawg Talk podcast: Shorthanded Butler off to 2-0 start, but schedule is about to get brutal," 11 Nov. 2019 The Bruins appeared to be cruising in the opening set with a 16-9 advantage, but MND fought back to tie it at 23. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Padua volleyball holds off Mount Notre Dame in 4 sets to stay unbeaten, move into OHSAA Division I title match," 8 Nov. 2019 All of them have a maximum speed of 2 to 6 km/h (variable speed) and can cruise about 20 km (12 miles) on a single charge. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Toyota is building very, very tiny electric vehicles for the next Olympics," 24 Oct. 2019 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 15, Immaculate Heart 3: Host Flintridge Sacred Heart cruised to a Sunshine League win Tuesday at Scholl Canyon Tennis Center. Staff Reports, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Valley Sun Sports Roundup: La Cañada girls’ tennis earns league shutout," 15 Oct. 2019 The visiting Chargers cruised in Thursday’s Wave League opener. Daily Pilot, "High School Roundup: Sage Hill 8-man football routs Brethren Christian," 10 Oct. 2019 Liberty placed four boys runners in the top four spots and cruised to a team championship Wednesday in a cross country quad-meet with Century, South Carroll, and host Manchester Valley. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 25): Liberty boys, South Carroll girls takes cross country quad-meet titles," 26 Sep. 2019 Then get out on the water, on the lookout for whale species such as blue, sperm, and fin; and cruise the coast in a traditional panga boat. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez Expedition: Marine Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019 In 1962, police in Mansfield, Ohio received complaints that men were cruising in a public bathroom late at night. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, "Peru and the Amazon Expedition: Inca Wonders and Jungle Wildlife," 10 Sep. 2019 Riverfront also has American Sailing Association learn-to-sail classes and charter cruises. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show brings demos to downtown Cleveland Sept. 13-15," 9 Sep. 2019 Remember, the country's southern islands are in good shape after the hurricane, with airports, hotels and cruise terminals still ready to receive visitors. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 11: John Bolton, NC-9, Bahamas, Israel, e-cigs, 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Airlines, cruise lines, and other companies in fuel-dependent industries dragged US stocks lower Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil-processing facility sent crude prices soaring. BostonGlobe.com, "US stocks slip as spike in crude oil rattles market - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 September 16 Airlines, cruise lines and other companies in fuel-dependent industries dragged U.S. stocks lower Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. Washington Post, "US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles market," 16 Sep. 2019 Antorcha, 45, is a former cruise line executive who started his $600,000 a year job on Feb. 18. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld’s CEO quits after 7 months on the job," 16 Sep. 2019 Airlines, cruise lines and other companies in fuel-dependent industries dragged U.S. stocks lower Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles market," 16 Sep. 2019 Evacuees were taken to Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Florida, early Saturday, according to the cruise line. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Over 1,000 Bahamas residents evacuated after Dorian as food, supplies are brought in," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of cruise was in 1651

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cruise

verb
How to pronounce cruise (audio)

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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