float1 [fləut US flout] v
1¦(on water)¦
2¦(in the air)¦
3¦(music/sounds/smells etc)¦
4¦(walk gracefully)¦
Phrasal verbs
 float around
[: Old English; Origin: flotian]
1.) ¦(ON WATER)¦
to stay or move on the surface of a liquid without sinking
I wasn't sure if the raft would float.
She spent the afternoon floating on her back in the pool.
float along/down/past etc
A couple of broken branches floated past us.
b) [T]
to put something on the surface of a liquid so that it does not sink
The logs are trimmed and then floated down the river.
2.) ¦(IN THE AIR)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if something floats, it moves slowly through the air or stays up in the air
I looked up at the clouds floating in the sky.
Leaves floated gently down from the trees.
3.) ¦(MUSIC/SOUNDS/SMELLS ETC)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if sounds or smells float somewhere, people in another place can hear or smell them
The sound of her voice came floating down from an upstairs window.
to walk in a slow light graceful way
= ↑glide
Rachel floated around the bedroom in a lace nightgown.
5.) ¦(IDEAS)¦ [T]
to suggest an idea or plan in order to see if people like it
We first floated the idea back in 1992.
6.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [ T]
[i]technical if the government of a country floats its money, the value of the money is allowed to change freely in relation to money from other countries
Russia decided to float the rouble on the foreign exchange market.
7.) ¦(COMPANY)¦ [T]
to sell ↑shares in a company or business to the public for the first time
float sth on sth
The company will be floated on the stockmarket next year.
8.) ¦(CHEQUE)¦ [T]
AmE to write a cheque when you do not have enough money in the bank to pay it
float around phr v
to be present in a place
There's a lot of cash floating around in the economy at the moment.
float 2
float2 n
3¦(for fishing)¦
4¦(for swimming)¦
1.) ¦(VEHICLE)¦
a large vehicle that is decorated to drive through the streets as part of a special event
We stood and watched the Carnival floats drive past.
2.) ¦(DRINK)¦
AmE a sweet drink that has ice cream floating in it
a small light object that floats on the surface of the water, used by people trying to catch fish to show where their line is
a flat light object that you can rest part of your body on in water to help you learn to swim
5.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a small amount of money that someone in a shop keeps so that they have enough money to give change to people
a time when you sit in a ↑flotation tank in order to treat illness or injury, or to relax

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