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 Schoop's grand slam against Tampa Bay's best reliever gave the Tigers a 7-4 lead, providing the momentum needed to cruise to the finish line. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 But that will mean nothing, if, in the race to chase new capabilities, the Pentagon overlooks the harsh operational realities facing any brave robot sent out to cruise our big and increasingly contested oceans all alone. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The Jaguars led 9-2 at one point and seemed destined to cruise to a 2-1 lead. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 25 Aug. 2021 Avoid a frustrating experience and cruise the open road with confidence with these RV insights from the pros. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2021 The 14-0 lead allowed Sox starter Nate Eovaldi to cruise through seven innings. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 California Highway Patrol vehicles cruise rural county roads. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Other than that, Bumgarner seemed to cruise through his seven innings. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2021 The mothership took about 45 minutes to cruise along and slowly climb with VSS Unity to about 50,000 feet. Francesca Street, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sailings start at $54,995 per person (or $49,995 for the World Journeys cruise), based on double occupancy. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2021 Svalbard will again serve as the base for the air cruise. Miquel Ros, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 At noon, participants will depart for the cruise and at 1:30 p.m., the group is scheduled to arrive at the Black Dog Bar and Grille. courant.com, 6 Aug. 2021 This might not be a good weekend for a moonlight cruise, but cleaning out the garage together can be satisfying. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 31 July 2021 The passengers – four adults and two minors – were on the Adventure of the Seas ship for a 7-day cruise that left and returned to the Bahamas, said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Lyan Sierra-Caro. orlandosentinel.com, 30 July 2021 The ship returned Monday morning and was back on the water later that afternoon for another two-night cruise, with over 400 passengers on board. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, 26 July 2021 At Pickfair, the golden couple of silent films, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, reigned over a kingdom in miniature whose pool was big enough for a little canoe cruise. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 The Marine fighters are embarked upon the carrier for a unique cruise with an air wing consisting of F-35Bs from both the U.S. and U.K. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 June 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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15 Sep 2021

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“Cruise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cruise. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for cruise

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
: 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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