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Definition of buoy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//bɔɪ//
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buoy
    he / she / it buoys
    past simple buoyed
    -ing form buoying
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  1. 1buoy somebody (up) to make someone feel cheerful or confident Buoyed by their win yesterday, the team feels confident of further success. Knowing that all her friends were there buoyed up her spirits.
  2. 2buoy somebody/something (up) to keep someone or something floating on water The raft was buoyed (up) by empty milk jugs.
  3. 3buoy something (up) to keep prices at a high or acceptable level Trading on Wall Street was buoyed in part by rising bond prices.
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