\ ˈkōst How to pronounce coast (audio) \

Definition of coast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the land near a shore : seashore
2 obsolete : border, frontier
3a : a hill or slope suited to coasting
b : a slide down a slope (as on a sled)
4 often capitalized : the Pacific coast of the U.S.
5 : the immediate area of view used in the phrase the coast is clear
from coast to coast
: across an entire nation or continent


coasted; coasting; coasts

Definition of coast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to move along or past the side of : skirt
2 : to sail along the shore of

intransitive verb

1a archaic : to travel on land along a coast or along or past the side of something
b : to sail along the shore
2a : to slide, run, or glide downhill by the force of gravity
b : to move along without or as if without further application of propulsive power (as by momentum or gravity)
c : to proceed easily without special application of effort or concern coasted through school often used with on a company coasting on its good reputation

Other Words from coast


coastal \ ˈkō-​stᵊl How to pronounce coast (audio) \ adjective
coastwise \ ˈkōst-​ˌwīz How to pronounce coast (audio) \ adverb or adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for coast

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of coast in a Sentence

Noun He lives on the coast. He's flying out to the Coast tomorrow. Verb The car coasted to a stop. The airplane coasted down the runway. The children coasted on sleds down the snowy hill. They came coasting down the hill on bicycles. After taking a big lead, the team coasted to victory. He was accused of trying to coast through school. She decided she could coast along without a job for the next few months. The company is coasting on its good reputation. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Torres was flying south along the coast without incident, according to air traffic control audio recorded by, reported. Kc Baker,, 17 May 2022 Russian forces have already gained control over a band of land along the coast in the south and are fighting to take the hills above it. Laris Karklis, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 For those who haven’t done the route before, Big Sur is everyone’s go-to stop, but along the coast there are several other towns worth visiting. Christina Liao, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Splintered wood and other debris from the two houses were scattered around, spreading southward along the coast. Richard Fausset,, 14 May 2022 Highs today are forecasted to be in the upper 50s along the coast, and in the lower 60s inland. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Splintered wood and other debris from the two houses were scattered around, spreading southward along the coast. New York Times, 14 May 2022 But, perhaps the best place to seek out a vacation rental property is South Walton, which sits along a 26-mile stretch of land along the coast. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Since high pressure flows toward lower pressure, this sets up the prevailing northwest onshore winds that blow along the California coast. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Engstler scored after the first turnover, Smith drained a 3-pointer after the second and Louisville quickly stretched the lead again, building a big enough cushion to coast into the regional finals. Dave Skretta, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 The generally mild weather regime should allow the cherry blossoms to coast toward peak bloom. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2022 Macron had hoped to coast into a second term in that role, remaking Europe in the French image and himself as its powerful, focused leader in the wake of the retirement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. David A. Andelman, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Thunderstorms will linger in parts of the Southeast and Ohio Valley Thursday morning before eventually spreading from the Florida Gulf coast up through the Northeast, AccuWeather also said. Editors, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Hold that pace for only 5–10 steps, then coast off momentum back into a walk. Walk for 2–3 minutes. Jeff Galloway, Outside Online, 4 Sep. 2020 As a small crowd forms to watch the car coast off into the setting sun, Kucharek wonders what his great uncle would think of the transformation. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2022 In a bustling seafood kitchen outside Atlanta, chefs scramble to shuck and prepare plates of fresh, glistening oysters for the lunch rush — but the mollusks are from Maine, not the Georgia coast some 200 miles East. Sarah Swetlik, ajc, 17 Feb. 2022 Still, Kansas City cannot necessarily afford to coast in this game. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for coast


Middle English cost, from Anglo-French coste, from Latin costa rib, side; akin to Old Church Slavonic kostĭ bone

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21 May 2022

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Kids Definition of coast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the land near a shore


coasted; coasting

Kids Definition of coast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to move downhill by the force of gravity
2 : to sail close to shore along a coast

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