- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a car or a bicycle) to move, especially down a hill, without using any power The car coasted along until it stopped. She took her feet off the pedals and coasted downhill.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a vehicle) to move quickly and smoothly, without using much power The plane coasted down the runway. We coasted along the country lanes.
- 3[intransitive] coast (through/to something) to be successful at something without having to try hard He coasted through his final exams. Our horse coasted home (= won easily) by three lengths.
- 4[intransitive] coast (along) (disapproving) to put very little effort into something You're just coasting—it's time to work hard now.
- 5 [intransitive] (of a ship) to stay close to land while sailing around the coast
NAmE//koʊst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coast
he / she / it coasts
past simple coasted
-ing form coasting