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1buoy/ˈbuːwi, ˈboɪ/noun
pluralbuoys
1buoy
/ˈbuːwi, ˈboɪ/
noun
pluralbuoys
Learner's definition of BUOY  
[count]
: an object that floats on water in a lake, bay, river, etc., to show areas that are safe or dangerous for boats
— see also life buoy
2buoy/ˈbuːwi, ˈboɪ/verb
buoysbuoyedbuoying
2buoy
/ˈbuːwi, ˈboɪ/
verb
buoysbuoyedbuoying
Learner's definition of BUOY  
[+ object]
: to cause (someone) to feel happy or confident— usually used as (be) buoyed— often + up
: to lift or improve (something)— usually used as (be) buoyed— often + up
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