boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \
plural boats

Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small vessel for travel on water
b : ship
2 : a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device a gravy boat a laboratory boat
3 informal : a large car A lot of people still think Cadillac makes big floaty boats.— Mark LaNeve
in the same boat
: in the same situation or predicament

boat

verb
boated; boating; boats

Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in or bring into a boat

intransitive verb

: to go by boat

Other Words from boat

Noun

boatful \ ˈbōt-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce boat (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boat (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of boat in a Sentence

Noun He tied the boat to the dock. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor. traveling by boat across the ocean Verb We boated over to the island. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nights were spent at a small table in the boat’s belly, cushioned by a micro-suede banquette, eating Mopsy’s famous spaghetti Bolognese and playing hearts. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Edward left home at the head of an enormous army and returned to England in a fishing boat. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 And for the fashion set, there’s model Bianca Balti in a white bikini, bobbing in a boat near the arched Faraglioni rock formations in Dolce & Gabbana’s memorable commercials for the fragrance light blue. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 17 June 2022 The Bank of Japan may find itself in a similar boat. John Kicklighter, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Blood was found in a boat owned by a suspect in the pair's disappearance last week, according to authorities. Mia Alberti, CNN, 13 June 2022 The development came a day after police reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 June 2022 The development came a day after police reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Fabiano Maisonnave, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 Police have also reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their plan is to boat across the Yukon River and camp out until it’s safe to return. Olivia Ebertz, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2022 Step it up with these high-waisted jeans that boat a D-ring belt for a more elevated take on classic wide-leg denim. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 The men had left Pilot Station 12 days ago to boat down to the coast to hunt seal and beluga whale. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 Visitors to the region can hire local indigenous guides to boat them around the lake and through the river networks, pointing out wildlife and explaining the historical importance of the site. Lucy Sherriff, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 But don’t wait for the chance to boat a daily bag limit of five of the feisty trout. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 The easiest and most important things for people to remember is to boat sober and wear their life jacket, said Lt. Darren Kuhn, DNR boating law administrator. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 July 2021 Texas guide Dawson Hefner specializes in alligator gar fishing and had volunteered to ferry the two anglers onto the Trinity River in a final attempt to boat the elusive fish. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 The scam impersonates Alabama Power, warning people who intend to boat or swim in Lewis Smith Lake to stay out of the water due to a significant increase in the amount of flesh-eating bacteria found in the lake. al, 29 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of boat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for boat

Noun

Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat

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The first known use of boat was before the 12th century

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Dictionary Entries Near boat

boastworthy

boat

boatable

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Last Updated

30 Jun 2022

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“Boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boat. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for boat

boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \

Kids Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small vessel driven on the water by oars, paddles, sails, or a motor

boat

verb
boated; boating

Kids Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a boat

Other Words from boat

boater noun

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