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English noun: buoy

1. buoy (communication) bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards

Broader (hypernym)point of reference, reference, reference point

Narrower (hyponym)acoustic buoy, can, can buoy, conical buoy, nun, nun buoy, spar buoy

English verb: buoy

1. buoy (motion) float on the surface of water

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)float, swim

2. buoy (contact) keep afloat

SamplesThe life vest buoyed him up.

Synonymsbuoy up

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, hold up, support, sustain

3. buoy (communication) mark with a buoy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark

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