flow1 [ flou ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the continuous movement of a liquid in one direction:
drugs that improve the blood flow around the body
flow of: Leaves in the ditch were blocking the flow of water.
a ) the continuous movement of a line of vehicles or people:
The new system should speed up the traffic flow.
flow of: There was a steady flow of refugees leaving the country.
2. ) count or uncount a supply of something that continues without stopping:
Reducing tariffs is the key to developing a substantial trade flow.
the agency's work flow
flow of: News media provided a steady flow of information about the war.
3. ) count or uncount a way of talking or thinking in an easy natural way, without any pauses or difficulties:
flow of: She kept up an easy flow of conversation throughout the flight.
The phone rang, interrupting the flow of his thoughts.
4. ) singular the movement of the ocean in toward the land:
the ebb and flow of the tide
go with the flow SPOKEN
to do what seems like the easiest thing in a particular situation:
Stop complaining and just go with the flow!
flow 2 [ flou ] verb intransitive **
▸ 1 move continuously
▸ 2 when supply continues
▸ 3 about words/ideas
▸ 4 suddenly have feeling
▸ 5 about hair/clothing
▸ 6 when people drink a lot
▸ 7 when ocean moves
1. ) if a liquid flows, it moves smoothly and continuously in one direction:
Her tears began to flow more freely.
flow through/around/from: Hot water flows through the pipes.
Blood flowed from the wound on her face.
flow into: The Sacramento River flows into San Francisco Bay.
a ) if an electric current flows, it passes continuously through something
b ) if a line of people or vehicles flows, it moves steadily without stopping:
flow past/by/into: A constant stream of people flowed past.
2. ) if a supply of something flows, it continues without stopping:
We have to keep information flowing within the company.
flow into/from etc.: Millions of dollars of new investment are flowing into the region.
3. ) if words or ideas flow, they follow each other in an easy, natural, continuous way:
The conversation did not flow smoothly.
When I write, the words just flow from my pen.
4. ) if a feeling flows through you, you suddenly feel it strongly:
flow through/over/into: Excitement and energy seemed to flow right through me.
5. ) if hair or clothing flows, it falls or moves in a smooth graceful way around someone's body
6. ) INFORMAL if alcoholic drinks flow, people drink a lot of them:
Champagne flowed freely all evening.
7. ) if the TIDE flows, the ocean comes in toward the land
`flow ,from phrasal verb transitive FORMAL
flow from something to be a natural result of something:
Important consequences flow from this decision.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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