\ ˈflōn How to pronounce flown (audio) \

Definition of flown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of fly



Definition of flown (Entry 2 of 2)

: filled to excess

Examples of flown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On board the spacecraft are two of NASA’s most experienced space travelers, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both former military pilots who previously had each flown two missions on the space shuttle. Christian Davenport, BostonGlobe.com, "SpaceX launch a success as Dragon capsule separates from Falcon 9 rocket," 30 May 2020 Now this South Korean man is about to be deported A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him. Los Angeles Times, "I’m a South Korean adoptee in America. And I feel more invisible than ever," 9 Apr. 2020 The two were deemed uninjured and flown to Aniak after the rescue. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Stranded Napaimute couple rescued from flooded Kuskokwim River waters," 2 May 2020 Hochschild’s book shows us what a radical movement looked like from the inside, with all of its high-flown idealism and personal intrigues. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "The Unlikely Life of a Socialist Activist Resonates a Century Later," 4 Mar. 2020 The evacuees -- 45 Ukrainians, 27 Argentinians and citizens from several other South American countries, as well as 22 crew members and doctors -- were flown to Ukraine from China's Hubei Province. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Hysteria over coronavirus sparks violent protests in Ukraine," 21 Feb. 2020 Some aircraft are already being flown to holiday destinations as part of this operation so British tourists can be brought home Monday if Thomas Cook does go under, according to a BBC report. Clare Duffy And Rob Mclean, CNN, "Thomas Cook collapses, potentially leaving thousands of travelers stranded," 22 Sep. 2019 The President of America has so far flown to Asian cities Singapore, Hanoi and Panmunjom, to meet Kim Jong Un. Laignee Barron / Taipei, Time, "'Materialism Will One Day Bring Change.' Why a Senior Defector Believes North Korea's Days Are Numbered," 19 Sep. 2019 The first and last pages of the flown Apollo 11 Flight Plan are also up for auction. Fox News, "Apollo 11 artifacts owned by Buzz Aldrin up for auction," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of flown


1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flown


archaic past participle of flow entry 1

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“Flown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flown. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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past participle of fly

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