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Definition of reef verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

reef

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//riːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːf//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reef
BrE BrE//riːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːf//
 
he / she / it reefs
BrE BrE//riːfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːfs//
 
past simple reefed
BrE BrE//riːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːft//
 
past participle reefed
BrE BrE//riːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːft//
 
-ing form reefing
BrE BrE//ˈriːfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːfɪŋ//
 
 
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reef something (specialist) to make a sail smaller by tying or rolling up part of it They set sail with the sails reefed against the strong winds. Word Originverb Middle English: from Middle Dutch reef, rif, from Old Norse rif, literally ‘rib’, used in the same sense.
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