Meaning of FLOW in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

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


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

A stream ~ed gently down into the valley...

The current ~s into electric motors that drive the wheels.

...compressor stations that keep the gas ~ing.

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

Flow is also a noun.

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

N-VAR: with supp


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

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

VERB: V prep/adv

Flow is also a noun.

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

N-VAR: with supp


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

A lot of this information ~ed through other police departments...

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

VERB: V prep/adv, V

Flow is also a noun.

...the opportunity to control the ~ of information.

N-VAR: with supp

see also cash ~


Someone who is in full ~ 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 ~.

PHRASE: v-link PHR


If you say that an activity, or the person who is performing the activity, is in full ~, 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 ~ when Irene made a splendid entrance...

PHRASE: v-link PHR


If you go with the ~, 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 ~.

PHRASE: V inflects

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