• Noun
  • an object that floats on water in a lake, bay, river, etc., to show areas that are safe or dangerous for boats
  • Verb
  • to cause (someone) to feel happy or confident
    1. Buoyed by the success of her first novel, she began work on a second.
    2. He felt buoyed up by the support and encouragement of his friends and family.
  • to lift or improve (something)
    1. The tax breaks should help to buoy the economy.
    2. His spirits were buoyed [=uplifted, raised] by the good news.
    3. The falling leaf was buoyed up by a current of air.

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