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Definition of reef verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

reef

 verb
verb
NAmE//rif//
 
reef something (technology)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reef
 
he / she / it reefs
 
past simple reefed
 
-ing form reefing
 
 
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to make a sail smaller by tying or rolling up part of it They set sail with the sails reefed against the strong winds.
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