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fleet

verb \ ˈflēt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fleet

intransitive verb
1 obsolete : drift
2 a archaic : flow
b : to fade away : vanish
3 : to fly swiftly
  • clouds fleeting across the sky
transitive verb
: to cause (time) to pass usually quickly or imperceptibly
  • many young gentlemen … fleet the time carelessly
  • —William Shakespeare

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Origin and Etymology of fleet

Middle English fleten, from Old English flēotan; akin to Old High German fliozzan to float, Old English flōwan to flow


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fleet

noun

Definition of fleet

1 : a number of warships under a single command; specifically : an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer
2 : group 2a; especially : a group (as of ships, planes, or trucks) operated under unified control

Examples of fleet in a Sentence

  1. He was the commander of the Pacific fleet.

  2. The company has a large fleet of delivery trucks.

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Origin and Etymology of fleet

Middle English flete, from Old English flēot ship, from flēotan

fleet Synonyms


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fleet

adjective

Definition of fleet

1 : swift in motion : nimble
2 : fleeting

fleetly

adverb

fleetness

noun

Examples of fleet in a Sentence

  1. a jewel thief said to be light of heart and fleet of foot

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Origin and Etymology of fleet

probably from 1fleet

Synonym Discussion of fleet

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves
    • fast horses
and rapid to the movement itself.
    • rapid current
swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement.
    • returned the ball with one swift stroke
fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness.
    • fleet runners
quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time.
    • a quick wit
speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment
    • speedy delivery of mail
and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness.
    • a hasty inspection
expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment.
    • the expeditious handling of an order


FLEET Defined for English Language Learners

fleet

noun

Definition of fleet for English Language Learners

  • : a group of military ships that are controlled by one leader

  • : all of a country's military ships

  • : a group of ships or vehicles that move or work together or that are controlled or owned by one company


fleet

adjective

Definition of fleet for English Language Learners

  • : very fast


FLEET Defined for Kids

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fleet

noun \ ˈflēt \

Definition of fleet for Students

1 : a group of warships under one commander
2 : a country's navy
3 : a group of ships or vehicles that move together or are owned by one company
  • a fishing fleet
  • a fleet of taxis

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fleet

adjective

Definition of fleet for Students

fleeter; fleetest
: very swift
  • a fleet runner

fleetly

adverb
  • ran fleetly


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