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Definition of "cruise" []

  • To sail or travel about, as for pleasure or reconnaissance. (verb-intransitive)
  • To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion: "A whole cache of babies . . . cruised imperiously in their strollers, propelled by their mothers or by pairs of grandmothers” ( Anne Tyler). (verb-intransitive)
  • To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something: taxis cruising for fares. (verb-intransitive)
  • Slang To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cruise" in a sentence
  • "The word cruise conjures up a different notion in every individual."
  • "I hope this cruise is a sucess for everyone involved."
  • "ROBERTS: Yes, it's a 360-foot, what they call a cruise ship, really it's more like a large river boat, if you will."