Definition of cruise in English:

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Pronunciation: /kro͞oz/


[no object]
1Sail about in an area without a precise destination, especially for pleasure: they were cruising off the California coast [with object]: she cruised the canals of France in a barge
More example sentences
  • Boat owners can always call ahead to a marina and check on their latest price if they're cruising in an area with several fuel docks.
  • This is a great area to cruise, one that is still somewhat undeveloped and off the beaten path.
  • However, lulled by the simplicity of canal cruising, I had gotten lazy and failed to check the lock information on the chart.
sail, voyage, journey
1.1Take a vacation on a ship or boat following a predetermined course, usually calling in at several ports.
Example sentences
  • Nowadays many boats and cruise ships are deterred by the lack of an adequate harbour.
  • Industry providers were selected from the hotels, inns and villas, charter boats, cruise ships, taxis, rent-a-cars and restaurants.
  • Yet as we pushed off into the middle of the flow we quickly picked up speed, until moments later we were skipping across the wake of the plodding tourist boats cruising under Tower Bridge.
1.2(Of a vehicle or person) travel or move slowly around without a specific destination in mind: a police van cruised past us [with object]: teenagers were aimlessly cruising the mall
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  • The address that Rod had been given was a 20 mile drive away and it was not until nearly three o'clock that he cruised slowly past the terraced houses where he had been told to find the car.
  • A few people stumbled out of the small selection of pubs along the street, but beyond that and a few handful of teenagers cruising slowly up and down the seafront nothing was happening.
  • We drove back to Algiers, and cruised slowly through the neighborhood.
1.3 informal Wander about a place in search of a casual sexual partner: he spends his time cruising and just hanging out in New Orleans [with object]: he cruised the gay bars of Los Angeles
More example sentences
  • I wasn't into ‘gay’ - cruising, discos, the tubs, drugs, Fire Island, and all that.
  • While these nooks provided the cover for sexual activity, cruising also occurred amongst men on their way in and out of the park along the trails.
  • It's not THAT different from cruising in bars or online.
1.4 [with object] informal Walk past and assess (a potential sexual partner): he was cruising a pair of sailors
More example sentences
  • Please avoid bars that are notorious for one reason or another, bars that are used for cruising and pick ups.
  • Or if she does, she'll glance quickly away again, paranoia in her eyes, afraid that she'll be caught cruising the straight girl.
  • I hate to think how you'd have reacted if I'd been cruising you.
2(Of a motor vehicle or aircraft) travel smoothly at a moderate or economical speed: we sit in a jet, cruising at some 30,000 ft
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  • Both aircraft were cruising at their assigned altitude of 36,000 ft.
  • A seemingly endless line of petrol tankers cruises along the road, their drivers smiling at us as we speed by.
  • The group of travellers leaped on the man after it was claimed he stood on his seat screaming and lashed out at people who tried to calm him as the aircraft was cruising at 30,000 feet above the Atlantic.
drive slowly, drift
informal mosey, toodle
2.1Achieve an objective with ease, especially in sports: he cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s primary
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  • With his build and style of running, a move to the marathon was always going to be inevitable and the ease with he cruised to victory yesterday underscored his potential.
  • They have cruised to the championship of the Premier League with ease with an impressive 18 wins out of 19 games.
  • Saturday was a different story, when four of five Indonesian boxers cruised to the next stage.
3(Of a young child) walk while holding onto furniture or other structures, prior to learning to walk without support: my daughter cruised at seven months and didn’t walk until just after her first birthday (as noun cruising) it can take ages to go from cruising to proper walking [with object]: about a week ago she started crawling forwards, cruising furniture, and standing by herself
More example sentences
  • How old was your little one when they started to pull themselves up on furniture and cruise?
  • Standing alone usually happens around your child's first birthday, with his first steps following soon after as he begins to cruise around the room, holding onto the furniture for support.
  • The baby, just learning to walk, had cruised from the chairs to the table.


A voyage on a ship or boat taken for pleasure or as a vacation and usually calling in at several places: a cruise down the Nile [as modifier]: a cruise liner
More example sentences
  • Tourists can take cruises on pleasure boats that provide a panoramic view of the winding coastline facing the Pacific.
  • Peace Boat has sponsored global cruises on chartered passenger ships since its inception in 1983 to promote peace, human rights and environmental protection.
  • One ancient relative of mine hid in a stowaway boat on a cruise liner to come to the U.S. all the way from Poland!
boat trip, sea trip;
voyage, journey


cruising for a bruising

informal Heading or looking for trouble.
Example sentences
  • Six months on from posting, I think it's still true that new entrant developers are cruising for a bruising while the wily old foxes of developing are sitting quiet and looking for opportunities.
  • This type of thinking is just cruising for a bruising while your speed picks up even more, and there are too many sad stories about skaters who unsuccessfully fell prey to it.
  • Hmm, you're cruising for a bruising methinks, and as such, you're on your own lad.


Mid 17th century (as a verb): probably from Dutch kruisen 'to cross', from kruis 'cross', from Latin crux.

  • excruciating from late 16th century:

    The source of excruciate is Latin excruciare ‘to torment or torture’, which was based on crux. This meant ‘a cross’, of the kind used to crucify someone, and is the root not only of cross but also of crucial, and crux (mid 17th century). In English to excruciate someone was originally to torture them.

Words that rhyme with cruise

abuse, accuse, adieux, amuse, bemuse, billets-doux, blues, booze, bruise, choose, Clews, confuse, contuse, cruse, Cruz, diffuse, do's, Druze, effuse, enthuse, excuse, fuse (US fuze), Hughes, incuse, interfuse, lose, Mahfouz, mews, misuse, muse, news, ooze, Ouse, perfuse, peruse, rhythm-and-blues, ruse, schmooze, snooze, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, trews, use, Vaduz, Veracruz, who's, whose, youse

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