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Definition of cruise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cruise
    he / she / it cruises
    past simple cruised
    -ing form cruising
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to travel in a ship or boat visiting different places, especially as a vacation (+ adv./prep.) They cruised down the Nile. cruise something We spent two weeks cruising the Bahamas.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a car, plane, etc.) to travel at a steady speed a light aircraft cruising at 4,000 feet a cruising speed of 50 miles an hour
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (of a car, etc. or its driver) to drive along slowly, especially when you are looking at or for something + adv./prep. She cruised around the block looking for a parking space. cruise something Taxis cruised the streets, looking for fares.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to win or achieve something easily The home team cruised to victory.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] cruise (something) (slang) to go around in public places looking for a sexual partner
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cruise