Meaning of FLOW in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ floʊ ]

( flows, flowing, flowed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If a liquid, gas, or electrical current flows somewhere, it moves there steadily and continuously.

A stream flowed gently down into the valley...

The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels.

...compressor stations that keep the gas flowing.

VERB : V adv / prep , V adv / prep , V

Flow is also a noun.

It works only in the veins, where the blood flow is slower.

N-VAR : with supp


If a number of people or things flow from one place to another, they move there steadily in large groups, usually without stopping.

Large numbers of refugees continue to flow from the troubled region into the no-man’s land...

VERB : V prep / adv

Flow is also a noun.

She watched the frantic flow of cars and buses along the street...

N-VAR : with supp


If information or money flows somewhere, it moves freely between people or organizations.

A lot of this information flowed through other police departments...

An interest rate reduction is needed to get more money flowing and create jobs.

VERB : V prep / adv , V

Flow is also a noun.

...the opportunity to control the flow of information.

N-VAR : with supp

see also cash flow


Someone who is in full flow is talking easily and continuously and seems likely to go on talking for some time.

He had been replying for some 40 minutes already and was still in full flow.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If you say that an activity, or the person who is performing the activity, is in full flow , you mean that the activity has started and is being carried out with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm.

Lunch at Harry’s Bar was in full flow when Irene made a splendid entrance...

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If you go with the flow , you let things happen or let other people tell you what to do, rather than trying to control what happens yourself.

There’s nothing I can do about the problem, so I might as well go with the flow.

PHRASE : V inflects

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