- 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. See related entries: Driving
- 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 Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘side of the body’), from Old French coste (noun), costeier (verb), from Latin costa
BrE BrE//kəʊst//; NAmE NAmE//koʊst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coast
BrE BrE//kəʊst//; NAmE NAmE//koʊst//he / she / it coasts
BrE BrE//kəʊsts//; NAmE NAmE//koʊsts//past simple coasted
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊstɪd//past participle coasted
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊstɪd//-ing form coasting
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊstɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊstɪŋ//Driving