• (RP, Canada) IPA: /ˈbɔɪ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈbuːiː/, /ˈbui/, /ˈbɔɪ/
  • (obsolete) IPA: /ˈbwɔɪ/

buoy (plural buoys)

  1. (nautical) A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.
  2. A life-buoy; a life preserver.
Translations Verb

buoy (buoys, present participle buoying; past and past participle buoyed)

  1. (transitive) To keep afloat or aloft; used with up.
  2. (transitive) To support or maintain at a high level.
  3. (transitive) To mark with a buoy.
    to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel
    • 1839, Charles Darwin, Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle, London: Henry Colburn, Chapter 13, p. 303,
      Not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not buoyed by this floating weed.
  4. To maintain or enhance enthusiasm or confidence; to lift the spirits of.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Danny Welbeck leads England's rout of Moldova but hit by Ukraine ban (in The Guardian, 6 September 2013)
      It ended up being a bittersweet night for England, full of goals to send the crowd home happy, buoyed by the news that Montenegro and Poland had drawn elsewhere in Group H but also with a measure of regret about what happened to Danny Welbeck and what it means for Roy Hodgson's team going into a much more difficult assignment against Ukraine.
    Buoyed by the huge success, they announced two other projects.
  • French: surnager
  • German: (afloat) aufbojen, flott erhalten, auf der Wasseroberfläche halten, über Wasser halten; (aloft) tragen,
Translations Translations
  • German: mit einer Boje markieren, mit Bojen markieren, ausbojen, abbaken

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