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Definition of coast verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coast
    he / she / it coasts
    past simple coasted
    -ing form coasting
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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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. 4[intransitive] coast (along) (disapproving) to put very little effort into something You're just coasting—it's time to work hard now.
  5. 5[intransitive] (of a ship) to stay close to land while sailing around the coast
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: coast