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  ( flows    plural & 3rd person present)   ( flowing    present participle)   ( flowed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a liquid, gas, or electrical current flows somewhere, it moves there steadily and continuously.  
A stream flowed gently down into the valley...      V adv/prep  
The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels.      V adv/prep  
...compressor stations that keep the gas flowing.      V  
      Flow is also a noun., n-var   with supp  
It works only in the veins, where the blood flow is slower.     
2       verb   If a number of people or things flow from one place to another, they move there steadily in large groups, usually without stopping.  
Large numbers of refugees continue to flow from the troubled region into the no-man's land...      V prep/adv  
      Flow is also a noun., n-var   with supp  
She watched the frantic flow of cars and buses along the street...     
3       verb   If information or money flows somewhere, it moves freely between people or organizations.  
A lot of this information flowed through other police departments...      V prep/adv  
An interest rate reduction is needed to get more money flowing and create jobs.      V  
      Flow is also a noun., n-var   with supp  
...the opportunity to control the flow of information.     
    cash flow  
4    Someone who is in full flow is talking easily and continuously and seems likely to go on talking for some time.  
in full flow      phrase   v-link PHR  
He had been replying for some 40 minutes already and was still in full flow.     
5    If you say that an activity, or the person who is performing the activity, is in full flow, you mean that the activity has started and is being carried out with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm.  
in full flow      phrase   v-link PHR  
Lunch at Harry's Bar was in full flow when Irene made a splendid entrance...     
6    If you go with the flow, you let things happen or let other people tell you what to do, rather than trying to control what happens yourself.  
go with the flow      phrase   V inflects  
There's nothing I can do about the problem, so I might as well go with the flow.     

cash flow      , cashflow  
The cash flow of a firm or business is the movement of money into and out of it.     (BUSINESS)      n-uncount  
A French-based pharmaceuticals company ran into cash-flow problems and faced liquidation.     
flow chart        ( flow charts    plural  ) A flow chart or a flow diagram is a diagram which represents the sequence of actions in a particular process or activity.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    circulate, course, glide, gush, move, pour, purl, ripple, roll, run, rush, slide, surge, sweep, swirl, whirl  
2    cascade, deluge, flood, inundate, issue, overflow, pour, run, run out, spew, spill, spurt, squirt, stream, teem, well forth  
3    arise, emanate, emerge, issue, pour, proceed, result, spring  
4    course, current, drift, flood, flux, gush, issue, outflow, outpouring, spate, stream, tide, tideway, undertow  
5    abundance, deluge, effusion, emanation, outflow, outpouring, plenty, plethora, succession, train  

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