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sail

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1sail/ˈseɪl/verb
sailssailedsailing
1sail
/ˈseɪl/
verb
sailssailedsailing
Learner's definition of SAIL  
: to travel on water in a ship or boat
[no object]
[+ object]
   b : to control a ship or boat (especially one that has sails) while traveling on water
[+ object]
[no object]
   c of a ship or boat : to travel on water
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to begin a journey on water in a ship or boat
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object] : to move or proceed in an easy, quick, and smooth way

sail close to the wind

British
: to do something that is dangerous or that may be illegal or dishonest
2sail/ˈseɪl/noun
pluralsails
2sail
/ˈseɪl/
noun
pluralsails
Learner's definition of SAIL  
[count] : a large piece of strong cloth that is connected to a ship or boat and that is used to catch the wind that moves the ship or boat through the water
— see picture at boat
[singular] : a trip in a ship or boat

in full sail

of a ship or boatalsoat full sail
: moving through the water by using all of its sails

set sail

: to begin a journey on water in a ship or boat

take the wind out of someone's sails

— see 1wind

under sail

of a ship or boat
: moving through the water by using sails
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