Related topics: Water
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.
to start a journey by boat or ship:
We sail at dawn.
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.
6 British English
to do or say something that is nearly wrong, illegal, or dishonest
sail through somethingphrasal verb
to succeed very easily in a test, examination etc:
Adam sailed through his final exams.