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Definition of buoy:

  1. A float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.
  2. To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
  3. To float; to rise like a buoy.
  4. To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; - with up.
  5. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.

Synonyms:

buoy up, chirk, support, gladden, nun, ballast, help, excite, elevate, get past, inspirit, uplift, lift, lighten up, cheer, hearten, inboard motor, uphold, whistling, assist, bring a smile to your face/lips, life, foster, contribute, make someone's day, life jacket, blade, life preserver, bolster, exalt, bollard, embolden, float, brighten (up) someone's day/life, exhilarate, lifebelt, advance, prop, drift, happy, floating marker, elate, nurture, steel, anchor, flotation device, bear up, sustain, light, please, nurse, be suspended in something, make for, lighten, animate, ride, promote, inspire, can, flush, buck up, do someone's heart good.

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