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buoy

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noun
  • (naut) a distinctively shaped and marked float, sometimes carrying a signal or signals, anchored to mark a channel, anchorage, navigational hazard, etc., or to provide a mooring place away from the shore [Webster]
verb
    1. to keep afloat or support by or as if by a life buoy; keep from sinking (often fol. by up)
    2. to sustain or encourage (often fol. by up): Her courage was buoyed by the doctor's assurances.
    [Webster]
  • support; uplift [Taisha]

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