floatfloat1 /fləʊt $ floʊt/ ●●●S3W2 verb1on watera)ON/ON TOP OF[intransitive] to stay or move on the surface of a liquid without sinkingI wasn’t sure if the raft would float.She spent the afternoon floating on her back in the pool.float along/down/past etcA couple of broken branches floated past us.b)[transitive] to put something on the surface of a liquid so that it does not sinkThe logs are trimmed and then floated down the river.2in the air [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]SLOW if something floats, it moves slowly through the air or stays up in the airI looked up at the clouds floating in the sky.Leaves floated gently down from the trees.3music/sounds/smells etc [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]HEAR if sounds or smells float somewhere, people in another place can hear or smell themThe sound of her voice came floating down from an upstairs window.4walk gracefully [intransitive]GRACEFUL to walk in a slow light graceful way syn glideRachel floated around the bedroom in a lace nightgown.5ideas [transitive]SUGGEST to suggest an idea or plan in order to see if people like itWe first floated the idea back in 1992.6money [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 countriesRussia decided to float the rouble on the foreign exchange market.7company [transitive]BFS to sellshares in a company or business to the public for the first timefloat something on somethingThe company will be floated on the stock market next year. →flotation(1)8cheque [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
floatfloat2 ●○○ noun [countable]1TTCvehicle a large vehicle that is decorated to drive through the streets as part of a specialeventWe stood and watched the Carnival floats drive past.2drink American EnglishDFD a sweet drink that has ice cream floating in it3DSOfor fishing a small light object that floats on the surface of the water, used by people trying to catchfish to show where their line is4DSSfor swimming a flat light object that you can rest part of your body on in water to help you learn to swim5BBTmoney a small amount of money that someone in a shop keeps so that they have enough money to give change to people6business a time when shares in a company are made available for people to buy for the first time syn flotation7relaxation a time when you sit in a flotationtank in order to treatillness or injury, or to relax
Examples from the Corpus
float• The floral extravaganza featured 55 floats, 30 equestrianunits and 24 marchingbands.• a root-beer float• The amount provided in the originalcashfloat is deducted and placed in a separate banker's bag.• A glass fishing float, five hundred miles from the sea.• She might even make room for Louise on her float.• There were to be no marching bands, no floats, no politicianswaving from convertibles, no clownstossingcandy.• They came back on a paradefloat of prodigallove and public money, promisingentertainment, nostalgia and success.• You can see the Rose Parade floats being made.From Longman Business Dictionaryfloatfloat1 /fləʊtfloʊt/ verb1[intransitive, transitive]FINANCE to sell new shares, bonds etc on a financial marketTo finance the expansion, the airport has floated $30 billion in bonds, which should cover 75% of construction costs.2float a company on the stockmarketFINANCE to sell shares in a company on a stockmarket for the first timeThe price of the company’s shares on the day it floated on the stock market beat all expectations.3[intransitive, transitive]FINANCE if the government of a country floats its currency, or if the currency floats, its value is allowed to change in relation to other currencies after a period of time when it has been fixedHe had been responsible for sweeping economic reforms, including floating the Australian dollar and deregulating the financial system.4[intransitive]FINANCE if a price, amount etc floats, it moves up or down slowlyThe oil market let crude prices float lower.Throughout the 1970s, the stock and bond markets floated up. → see alsofloat a cheque undercheque→ See Verb tablefloatfloat2 noun [countable usually singular]FINANCE1when shares, bonds etc are sold on a financial market, or when a company sells shares for the first time SYN FLOTATIONThe board is still talking with its investment bankers about the timing and terms of the float, which is expected to value the company at between $3 billion and $4 billion.2when a currency is allowed to change in value in relation to othersUntil the float of sterling in 1972 there were few restrictions on investment within the sterling area. →dirty float3BANKING the money made available to banks while customers’ cheques go through the banking systemMany consumers have long believed that bankers have lengthened the check-clearing process to use the float for their own benefit.4the amount of notes and coins in the TILL of a shop, restaurant etc when they open for businessCash floats should be rechecked to ensure that cashiers have enough change for the evening business.5British EnglishOFFICE a small amount of money that is kept in an office for making small payments SYN PETTY CASHA business credit card removes the need for a cash float.