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

     

    cruise

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kruːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cruise
    BrE BrE//kruːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruːz//
     
    he / she / it cruises
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːzɪz//
     
    past simple cruised
    BrE BrE//kruːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruːzd//
     
    past participle cruised
    BrE BrE//kruːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruːzd//
     
    -ing form cruising
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːzɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to travel in a ship or boat visiting different places, especially as a holiday/vacation (+ adv./prep.) They cruised down the Nile. cruise something We spent two weeks cruising the Bahamas.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a car, plane, etc.) to travel at a steady speed a light aircraft cruising at 4 000 feet a cruising speed of 50 miles an hour See related entries: Driving
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (of a car, etc. or its driver) to drive along slowly, especially when you are looking at or for something + adv./prep. She cruised around the block looking for a parking space. cruise something Taxis cruised the streets, looking for fares. See related entries: Driving
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to win or achieve something easily The home team cruised to victory.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] cruise (something) (slang) to go around in public places looking for a sexual partner
  6. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a verb): probably from Dutch kruisen ‘to cross’, from kruis ‘cross’, from Latin crux.Extra examples A car cruised past us in the outside lane. Concorde would cruise at an altitude of 17km. She is on holiday, cruising in the Mediterranean. The car cruised along at 70 mph. We cruised round the Greek islands. cruising up and down the coast His car has a cruising speed of 90 mph. I was cruising comfortably along the main highway. The plane was cruising at 40 000 feet.
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