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

Castiglioni presented her first collection for the new label in September, two years after a disagreement with Marni’s corporate owners led the family to flee their brand (Marni now cruises along under new direction). Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Plan C, the New Label From the Family Behind Marni, Is the Coolest Thing to Come out of Milan," 27 Feb. 2019 The Galaxy Pavilion, another new feature, will be a 10,000-square-foot-plus virtual reality complex with interactive gaming for all ages (Norwegian Encore will cruise out of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean starting in November, from $549). Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five New Cruise Experiences We Can’t Wait For in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 His stuff carried its normal electricity and cruised toward the middle innings. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers can't hold on, lose to Chicago Cubs 5-3," 3 July 2018 The flight crew coaxed the plane back to its cruising altitude and headed for an emergency landing. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 An exultant Chris Christie, cruising to re-election as governor of New Jersey in 2013, told me in an interview what writers don’t understand about modern politics. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back," 13 Dec. 2018 So, if Jordan was actually being the kind of creep who would talk about cruising for hot models while on a dating show, someone would have captured it. refinery29.com, "Jordan Is The Bachelorette’s Surprise Tragic Figure," 26 June 2018 Molyneaux, a former travel editor at The Plain Dealer, writes monthly about cruising. Plain Dealer Guest Writer, cleveland.com, "Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage, shore excursions feature close encounters with bears, icebergs (photos)," 17 Jan. 2018 By Chabeli Herrera David Molyneaux writes monthly about cruising. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hundreds of passengers were airlifted from a cruise ship that lost power in rough weather over the weekend off the coast of Norway. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Viking Cruise Ship Drifts Off Norway, Hundreds of Passengers Airlifted," 24 Mar. 2019 According to a press release, the Regent is the largest suite ever built on a luxury cruise ship, and will be on the fourteenth deck of the Seven Seas Splendor, overlooking the ship's bow. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The World's Largest Luxury Cruise Suite Will Have a Sauna, Pool, and $200,000 Bed," 7 Feb. 2019 Each runway has been held in a stunning location from a vantage point overlooking the Shigaraki Mountains in Japan to the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro—making for spectacular backdrops for its cruise collections. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Is Bringing Its Next Cruise Show to New York," 19 Nov. 2018 Courtesy Jennifer Lawrence is back to working with Dior, this time starring in their cruise 2019 collection. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lawrence Stars in Dior's Cruise 2019 Campaign," 4 Oct. 2018 At the Dior cruise collection show on Friday at a chateau, driving rain dramatically doused the catwalk — and dampened some attendees’ spirits. Fox News, "Paris Jackson leaves fashion show after getting enraged over performing animals," 29 May 2018 Laura Harrier and Léa Seydoux were among those that wore LV at Cannes 2018, and the brand is showing its cruise collection on May 28 at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Louis Vuitton Renews Nicolas Ghesquiere's Contract," 23 May 2018 Take Gucci’s 2018 cruise collection, which included a jacket that was a near-exact replica of one by 1980s Harlem couturier Dapper Dan. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Fashion brands steal design ideas all the time. And it’s completely legal.," 27 Apr. 2018 And with cameras positioned all over the rocket, viewers got to witness every single aspect of the flight — including the launch, the simultaneous landing of the two outer boosters, and the mannequin’s cruise through Earth orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018

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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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