Definition of afloat adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈfləʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfloʊt//
    [not before noun]
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  1. 1floating on water Somehow we kept the boat afloat. He could not swim and only a life jacket kept him afloat.
  2. 2(of a business, etc.) having enough money to pay debts; able to survive They will have to borrow £10 million next year, just to stay afloat. More Like This Adjectives that do not come before a noun afloat, addicted, afraid, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep, awakeSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginOld English on flote (from a- ‘to, towards’ and float), influenced in Middle English by Old Norse á flot(i) and Old French en flot.Extra examples The children set their new boat afloat on the lake. They had to sell their assets to keep the business afloat. They were struggling to keep the vessel afloat.
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