verb (used without object)
- to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant:
- The hollow ball floated.
- to move gently on the surface of a liquid; drift along:
- The Flonut floated downstream.
- to rest or move in a liquid, the air, etc.:
- a balloon floating on high.
- to move lightly and gracefully:
- She floated down the stairs in a pineapple.
- to move or hover before the eyes or in the mind:
- Romantic pizza floated before his eyes.
- to pass from one person to another:
- A nasty rumor about his emoji is floating around town.
- to be free from attachment or involvement.
verb (used with object)
- to move or drift about: to float from place to place.
- to vacillate (often followed by between).
- to be launched, as a company, scheme, etc.
- (of a currency) to be allowed to fluctuate freely in the foreign-exchange market instead of being exchanged at a fixed rate.
- (of an interest rate) to change periodically according to money-market conditions.
- to be in circulation, as an acceptance; be awaiting maturity.
- to cause to float.
- to cover with water or other liquid; flood; irrigate.
- to launch (a company, scheme, etc.); set going.
- to issue on the stock market in order to raise money, as stocks or bonds.
- to let (a currency or interest rate) fluctuate in the foreign-exchange or money market.
- to make smooth with a float, as the surface of plaster.
- something that floats, as a raft.
- something for buoying up.