To be afloat is to be on the surface of a body of water. Sometimes people use the word to describe someone or something that is in favor or successful.

  • The company is afloat because it is making a lot of money.

  • The ship is afloat because the water is supporting it.

Definition of afloat


aimlessly drifting


adrift, aimless, directionless, planless, rudderless, undirected


covered with water


awash, flooded, inundated, overflowing


borne on the water; floating

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Example Sentences for afloat

  • 1

    Ships are afloat on the water.

  • 2

    The Saratoga was afloat for a while after the test.

  • 3

    In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat.

  • 4

    Only the transport remained afloat, and it was dead in the water.

  • 5

    She is the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world.

  • 6

    The suit is designed to keep the wearer afloat in water.

  • 7

    They find the canoe missing, but the paddle afloat in the water.

  • 8

    At the time, the Ohio was also the largest tanker ship afloat.

  • 9

    Ship was abandoned but remained afloat although salvage was impracticable.

  • 10

    Sverre built the largest ship afloat at the time, the Mariasuda.