fly

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fly

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
fly

Third-person singular
flies

Past tense
flew

Past participle
flown

Present participle
flying

  1. (transitive & intransitive) To move through the air without touching the ground
    The bird will fly away in the winter.
    The airplane flies very high in the air.
    He was the first person to fly a plane around the world.

Noun[change]

Singular
fly

Plural
flies

A fly on a leaf
  1. (countable) A fly is a type of small insect with wings
    I won't eat my soup because there's a fly in it.
    There are many flies near the garbage.
  2. In baseball a ball that goes high in the air.
  3. The piece of cloth hiding the zipper, buttons at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, or underpants.