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Definition of afloat adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1floating on water Somehow we kept the boat afloat. He could not swim and only a life jacket kept him afloat.
  2. 2(of a business, etc.) having enough money to pay debts; able to survive They will have to borrow $10 million next year, just to stay afloat.
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