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British English: /fləʊt/
American English: /floʊt/

Translation of float in German:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (on water)
    (gestrandetes Schiff)
    flott werden
    float away
    she just floated for some time
    sie ließ sich eine Weile treiben
    float to the surface
    an die Oberfläche treiben
  • 2 (through air) float across something (Wolke, Nebel)
    über etwas Akk. ziehen
    float away
  • 3 [figurative]float about or [a]round
    im Umlauf sein
    thoughts float through my mind
    Gedanken gehen mir durch den Kopf
  • 4 [slang] (move casually)float [around or about]
    herumziehen [informal]
    float in and out
    rein- und rausgehen [informal]
    float about the area
    sich in der Gegend herumtreiben

transitive verb

  • 1
    (convey by water, on rafts) flößen
    (set afloat) flottmachen (Schiff)
    (through air) schweben lassen
    the ship was floated by the tide
    das Schiff kam bei Flut wieder flott
    float the cream on top of the soup
    die Sahne [vorsichtig] auf die Suppe geben
  • 2 [figurative] (circulate)
    in Umlauf bringen


  • 1
    (for carnival) Festwagen Mask.
    (British English) (delivery cart) Wagen Mask.
    milk float
  • 3 (in angling)
    Floß Neutr. [technical]
    Schwimmer Mask.
    (on net) Schwimmkörper Mask.
  • 4 (in cistern, carburettor) (also Aviat)
    Schwimmer Mask.
  • 6in sing. or pl. (Theatre) (footlights)
    Rampenlicht Neutr.
  • 7 (of plasterer)
    Reibebrett Neutr.
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