- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of birds, helicopters, etc.) to stay in the air in one place A hawk hovered over the hill. A full moon hovered in the sky.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a person) to wait somewhere, especially near someone, in a shy or uncertain manner He hovered nervously in the doorway. He hovered over her, waiting for an answer.
- 3 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to stay close to something, or to stay in an uncertain state Temperatures hovered around freezing. He hovered on the edge of consciousness. A smile hovered on her lips. She was hovering between life and death.
- 4 [transitive] hover something over something (computing) to move a mouse or cursor over something on a computer screen Just hover your mouse over the folder and it will open.
NAmE//ˈhʌvər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hover
he / she / it hovers
past simple hovered
-ing form hovering