sail

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sail is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

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Noun[change]

Singular
sail

Plural
sails

A sailing ship with many sails
  1. A large piece of fabric (cloth) to catch wind, used on a boat or a ship.
    They folded the sail.


Verb[change]

Plain form
sail

Third-person singular
sails

Past tense
sailed

Past participle
sailed

Present participle
sailing

  1. (intransitive) If you sail, you move by catching the wind, usually by ship on water.
    They sail around the world every year in their boat.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If you sail, you travel on a boat or ship.
    We sailed across the Atlantic to reach Spain.
    We sailed the ship to the east of the island.

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