Synonyms of sail in English:

sail


See US English definition of sail

See UK English definition of sail

See Spanish definition of vela

noun

1‘the upright rig means more sail is presented to the wind’

SYNONYMS
canvas

verb

1‘we sailed across the Atlantic’

SYNONYMS
go by water, go by sea, go on a sea voyage, voyage, steam, navigate, cruise, ride the waves

2‘you can learn to sail here’

SYNONYMS
yacht, boat, go sailing
crew, helm, skipper a boat

3‘we sail tonight’

SYNONYMS
set sail, put to sea, put out, put out to sea, leave port, leave dock, leave harbour, hoist sail, raise sail, weigh anchor, put off, shove off

4‘he is sailing the ship’

SYNONYMS
steer, captain, pilot, skipper, navigate, con, helm

5‘untidy grey clouds were sailing past a pale moon’

SYNONYMS
glide, drift, float, flow, slide, slip, sweep, skim, coast, skate, breeze, flit

6‘a pencil sailed past his ear’

SYNONYMS
whizz, speed, streak, shoot, whip, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, career, fly, wing, kite, skite, scud
informal scorch, tear, zap, zip

7‘the ball sailed high into the air’

SYNONYMS
soar, wing, wing its way, take to the air, fly, ascend, mount, climb, arc, curve

Phrases

    sail into

    ‘he really sailed into the driver of the other car’


    SYNONYMS
    attack, set upon, set about, fall on, assault, assail, tear into, weigh into, lay into, light into, pitch into, turn on, lash out at, hit out at, strike out at, fly at, let fly at, lash, round on, drub, thump, batter, hammer, pummel, beat, paste, thrash, belabour, lambast, berate, abuse
    informal let someone have it
    British informal have a go at
    sail through

    ‘she sailed through GCSE’


    SYNONYMS
    succeed easily at, gain success in easily, pass easily, romp through, walk through
    ANTONYMS

    fail, scrape through