Translation of afloat in Spanish:

afloat

Pronunciation: /əˈfləʊt/

adj

(predicative/predicativo)
  • 1 1.1 (on water) a flote to stay afloat mantenerse* a flote the most powerful navy afloat la armada más poderosa del mundo
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    • As the badly injured seaman struggled to stay afloat in the freezing water - he was not wearing a lifejacket - crewmen from his ship threw lifebuoys.
    • Knowing the risks is important and will likely keep you afloat regardless of the water conditions.
    • In the process, he found it easy to keep himself afloat in the water for minutes together.
    1.2 (successful, operational) a flote he managed to keep the business afloat logró mantener el negocio a flote
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    • But, when it came to our showing in the League, we could consider our seventh place to their fifth a great achievement in light of our difficulties merely keeping afloat.
    • In the five years since the financial crisis struck, the country is still struggling to stay afloat as debt payment remains the biggest drag on its economy.
    • It's only the willingness of the foreign central banks to buy our debt that keeps us afloat.
  • 2 (in circulation) there's a story afloat that … circulan or corren rumores de que …

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