flow1 W2S2 [fləu US flou] n
5¦(of the sea)¦
6 in full flow
7 go with the flow
8 go against the flow
1.) ¦(LIQUID/GAS/ELECTRICITY)¦ [C usually singular]
a smooth steady movement of liquid, gas, or electricity
flow of
He struggled to swim against the flow of the water.
I tied a towel round his leg to try to stem the flow of blood.
2.) ¦(TRAFFIC)¦ [C usually singular, U]
the steady movement of traffic
a new road system to improve traffic flow through the city centre
3.) ¦(GOODS/PEOPLE/INFORMATION)¦ [C usually singular]
the movement of goods, people, or information from one place to another
flow of
the flow of funds from the US to Europe
There has been a steady flow of people leaving the area.
They have accused the government of trying to block the free flow of information.
an attempt to stem the flow of refugees across the border
the continuous stream of words or ideas when someone is speaking, writing, or thinking about something
I didn't want to interrupt her flow , so I said nothing.
5.) ¦(OF THE SEA)¦ [singular]
the regular movement of the sea towards the land
the ebb and flow of the tide
6.) in full flow informal
if someone is in full flow, they are busy talking about something and seem likely to continue for a long time
7.) go with the flow
to agree that you will do the thing that most people want to do
I don't mind, I'll just go with the flow.
8.) go against the flow
to do something very different from what other people are doing
→↑cash flow,ebb and flow atebb1 (3)
flow 2
flow2 S3 v [I]
9 flow from something
[: Old English; Origin: flowan]
when a liquid, gas, or electricity flows, it moves in a steady continuous stream
flow over/down/through etc
These gates regulate the amount of water flowing into the canal.
If the windows are shut, air cannot flow freely through the building.
2.) ¦(GOODS/PEOPLE/INFORMATION)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
if goods, people, or information flow from one place to another, they move there in large numbers or amounts
= ↑pour, flood ↑flood
Money has been flowing into the country from Western aid agencies.
The number of refugees flowing into the area is still increasing.
3.) ¦(TRAFFIC)¦
if traffic flows, it moves easily from one place to another
The new one-way system should help the traffic to flow better.
4.) ¦(ALCOHOL)¦
if alcohol flows at a party, people drink a lot and there is a lot available
Beer and whisky flowed freely as the evening wore on.
if conversation or ideas flow, people talk or have ideas steadily and continuously, without anything stopping or interrupting them
Everyone was relaxed and the conversation flowed freely .
6.) ¦(SEA)¦
when the sea flows, it moves towards the land
We watched the tide ebb and flow .
7.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦
if a feeling flows through you or over you, you feel it strongly
flow through/over
She felt hot rage flowing through her.
if clothing or hair flows, it falls or hangs loosely and gracefully
Her long hair flowed down her back.
9.) flow from sth
to happen as a result of something
the political consequences that flowed from this decision

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