refloat

verb re·float \ (ˌ)rē-ˈflōt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of refloat

refloated; refloating
: to float (something) again
  • Although there are no plans to refloat the wreck, divers expect to carefully document and remove whatever they can of Franklin's flagship.
  • —Bob Weber
  • New Zealand conservation authorities said 240 pilot whales that were stranded overnight at a remote bay … refloated themselves on Sunday and were swimming offshore.
  • —Reuters
  • Banks were refloated and the US trade deficit returned to its pre-2008 level.
  • —Yanis Varoufakis

First Known Use of refloat

1812

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