keep afloat

keep afloat
remain above water, not sink

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • afloat — adj. 1 floating on water VERBS ▪ be ▪ keep, remain, stay ▪ set sth ▪ The children set their new boat afloat on the lake …   Collocations dictionary

  • keep up — Synonyms and related words: afford support, au courant, back, back up, be employed, bear, bear up, bolster, bolster up, brace, buoy up, buttress, carry, carry on, carry on business, conserve, continue, copyright, cradle, crutch, cushion, do… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • afloat — a‧float [əˈfləʊt ǁ əˈfloʊt] adjective COMMERCE having enough money to operate or stay out of debt: • Matthew has been selling key assets just to keep the business afloat. • The company needs a cash injection of around £3 million to stay afloat. * …   Financial and business terms

  • afloat — a|float [əˈfləut US əˈflout] adj [not before noun] [: Old English; Origin: on flot on the sea ] 1.) having enough money to operate or stay out of debt keep (sb/sth) afloat/stay afloat ▪ The Treasury borrowed £40 billion, just to stay afloat. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afloat — [[t]əflo͟ʊt[/t]] 1) ADV: usu ADV after v, also v link ADV, n ADV If someone or something is afloat, they remain partly above the surface of water and do not sink. They talked modestly of their valiant efforts to keep the tanker afloat... Three… …   English dictionary

  • afloat — /əˈfloʊt / (say uh floht) adjective 1. borne on the water; in a floating condition: *Even a billy can or ladies bathing cap will supply sufficient buoyancy to keep a person afloat. –anon, water safety, 1955. 2. flooded: the main deck was afloat.… …  

  • afloat — adj. 1) to keep smt. afloat 2) to set (a ship) afloat * * * [ə fləʊt] to keep smt. afloat to set (a ship) afloat …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afloat — /euh floht /, adv., adj. 1. floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat. 2. on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore. 3. covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.… …   Universalium

  • afloat — UK [əˈfləʊt] / US [əˈfloʊt] adjective [never before noun] 1) a) floating on water We managed to get the boat afloat again. b) on a boat or a ship holidays afloat 2) able to pay the money that you owe £1 million is needed to keep the institution… …   English dictionary

  • afloat — a|float [ ə flout ] adjective never before noun 1. ) floating on water: We managed to get the boat afloat again. a ) on a boat or a ship 2. ) able to pay the money you owe: $1 million is needed to keep the institution afloat. ╾ a|float adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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