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Topic: TRANSPORT

Language: Old English
Origin: flowan

flow

2 verb
     
flow2 S3 [intransitive]
1

liquid/gas/electricity

DN 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]:
Money has been flowing into the country from Western aid agencies.
The number of refugees flowing into the area is still increasing.
3

traffic

TT 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.
5

words/ideas

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.
8

clothes/hair

if clothing or hair flows, it falls or hangs loosely and gracefully:
Her long hair flowed down her back.
9

flow from something

to happen as a result of something:
the political consequences that flowed from this decision
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