- 1[intransitive, transitive] to travel in a ship or boat visiting different places, especially as a holiday/vacation (+ adv./prep.) They cruised down the Nile. cruise something We spent two weeks cruising the Bahamas.
- 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 See related entries: Driving
- 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. See related entries: Driving
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to win or achieve something easily The home team cruised to victory.
- 5[intransitive, transitive] cruise (something) (slang) to go around in public places looking for a sexual partner Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a verb): probably from Dutch kruisen
BrE BrE//kruːz//; NAmE NAmE//kruːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cruise
BrE BrE//kruːz//; NAmE NAmE//kruːz//he / she / it cruises
BrE BrE//ˈkruːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːzɪz//past simple cruised
BrE BrE//kruːzd//; NAmE NAmE//kruːzd//past participle cruised
BrE BrE//kruːzd//; NAmE NAmE//kruːzd//-ing form cruising
BrE BrE//ˈkruːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːzɪŋ//Driving