little, small

He was adrift in an open boat for three days.

flat-bottomed, glass-bottomed
inflatable, rubber
motor, power, speed, steam (usually motorboat, powerboat, etc.)
sail (usually sailboat) (AmE), sailing (BrE)
paddle, row (usually rowboat) (AmE), rowing (BrE)
canal, river

We hired a canal boat in France.

a Mississippi river boat

pleasure, recreational, tour
banana, cargo, charter, ferry, passenger, patrol, pilot (esp. BrE), pontoon (AmE), rescue, torpedo
fishing, shrimp (AmE)
model, toy
stricken (esp. BrE)

The lifeboat was preparing to go to the aid of the stricken boat.

capsized, upturned (BrE)
fleet, flotilla

a flotilla of small boats

take out

You couldn't take a boat out in that wild sea.

take sb out in

My brother took us all out in his new boat.

get into, get on, get onto
get off, get out of
launch, lower

A new type of patrol boat was launched yesterday.

push out

I pushed the boat out into the middle of the river.

propel, row, sail

The boat is propelled by a powerful outboard motor.

Where did you learn to sail a boat?

guide, steer, turn, turn around
captain, pilot, skipper (esp. BrE)
crew (esp. BrE)

Normally the boat is crewed by five people.


He beached the boat and the children leaped out to explore.

dock (esp. AmE), moor, tie up
anchor, berth (esp. BrE)

Boats were anchored two and three abreast.

load, unload
charter, rent

Sit down, you're rocking the boat.

She was told to keep her mouth shut and not rock the boat (= not take unnecessary action that would cause problems). (figurative)

capsize, overturn
build, design
catch, take

They crossed the island to catch a boat for islands south of Skye.

miss (often figurative)

If you don't buy now, you may find that you've missed the boat (= cannot take advantage of this offer because it is too late).

go, head, sail

The boat headed upriver.

The boat sailed out to sea.

arrive, come in, dock

boats bobbing up and down in the estuary

drift, float, pass
lurch (esp. AmE), pitch, rock, roll

The boat pitched violently from side to side.


The boat slowly filled with icy water.

capsize, sink
operate, ply

Ferry boats ply regularly between all the resorts on the lake.

carry sth, ferry sth, hold sth, take sth
cruise, excursion, ride, trip
club (esp. BrE)
house (usually boathouse)
train (= the train scheduled to connect with a particular sailing) (BrE)

the 7.30 p.m. boat train to Harwich

crew, operator, owner
people (= refugees who arrive by boat)
by boat

The cave can only be reached by boat.

in a/the boat

I took them in my boat.

on a/the boat

They ate on the boat.

boat from, boat to

a boat from Jamaica to Trinidad

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