Topic: WATER


1 verb
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1 [intransitive always +adverb/preposition, transitive]TTW to travel on or across an area of water in a boat or ship
sail across/into/out of etc
the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic
Three tall ships sailed past.
She always wanted to sail around the world.
sail the Pacific/the Atlantic etc
We're taking two months off to sail the Caribbean.
2 [intransitive]TTW to start a journey by boat or ship:
We sail at dawn.
sail for
They're sailing for Antigua next week.
3 [intransitive and transitive]TTW to direct or control the movement of a boat or ship that has a sail:
Blake sailed the ship safely through the narrow passage.
My father taught me to sail.
4 [intransitive always +adverb/preposition] to move quickly and smoothly through the air
sail through/over/into etc
A ball came sailing over the fence.
5 [intransitive always +adverb/preposition] to move forwards gracefully and confidently:
She sailed into the room.

sail close to the wind

British English to do or say something that is nearly wrong, illegal, or dishonest

sail through something

phrasal verb
SE to succeed very easily in a test, examination etc:
Adam sailed through his final exams.

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