re·​float | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈflōt How to pronounce refloat (audio) \
refloated; refloating

Definition of refloat

transitive verb

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Refloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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