From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfloatfloat1 /fləʊt $ floʊt/ ●●● S3 W2 verb 1 on water a) ON/ON TOP OF[intransitive] 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) [transitive] 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 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]SLOW 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 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]HEAR 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.4 walk gracefully [intransitive]GRACEFUL to walk in a slow light graceful way syn glide Rachel floated around the bedroom in a lace nightgown.5 ideas [transitive]SUGGEST to suggest an idea or plan in order to see if people like it We first floated the idea back in 1992.6 money [transitive] technicalPEC 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 [transitive]BFS to sell shares in a company or business to the public for the first timefloat something on something The company will be floated on the stock market next year. → flotation(1)8 cheque [transitive] American EnglishPAY FOR to write a cheque when you do not have enough money in the bank to pay it9 → whatever floats your boat → float around→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfloat• Ice is less dense than water, which is why it floats.• And mostly I am like this, floating and remote.• She turned, her hair floating around her face.• They are back in play now at 88p, but were floated at a quid each in 1983.• It doesn't need brakes so much as mooring ropes to stop it floating away.• Ace floated back to the doorway.• If the egg floats in a glass of water, it's not fresh.• Speck was a drifter who had floated in and out of trouble for most of his life.• The pitch came, and the ball floated in as big as a basketball.• They could see something pale and white floating in the water.• The empty boat floated off down the river.• Annie was floating on her back in the water.• Tim was floating on his back in the pool.• a cup of coffee with black bits floating on the surface• Butler floated proposals for a number of films.• Children were floating small boats made of banana leaves.• For example, Wynns floated the idea of eliminating surface street parking near the museum in exchange for a parking garage.• The administration had floated the idea of increased taxes on beer, spirits and tobacco.• The following month, David floated the possibility of launching a new TV company.• The drizzle was the ash of his burned offerings floating up into the sky.float along/down/past etc• Memory was a great open channel she could float down.• The forms on the ceiling floated down and prowled around her.• A chair and me float past each other.• The trees, two white and one pink, were an extravaganza of blossom which floated down on to the chequered tablecloths.• Just a few of them floated down on to the lino.• A few flakes of snow floated past the deck and vanished in the water.• For a playground the children wade through the debris that floats along the shoreline.• It simply floats along with billions of other cells through miles of veins, arteries and capillaries.