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afloat

[ uh-floht ]
/ əˈfloʊt /
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adverb, adjective

floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.
on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.
covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.
moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.
passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.
free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.

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Origin of afloat

before 1000; Middle English, Old English on flote.See a-1, float

OTHER WORDS FROM afloat

half-a·float, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for afloat

afloat
/ (əˈfləʊt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

floating
aboard ship; at sea
covered with water; flooded
aimlessly driftingafloat in a sea of indecision
in circulation; afootnasty rumours were afloat
free of debt; solvent
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