• To glide along without adding energy; to allow a vehicle to continue moving forward after disengaging the engine or ceasing to apply motive power.
  • To sail along a coast.
  • To make a minimal effort; to continue to do something in a routine way, without initiative or effort.
  • To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
  • To sail by or near; to follow the coastline of.
  • To conduct along a coast or river bank.
  • To slide downhill; to slide on a sled upon snow or ice.


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  • From Middle English coste, from Old French coste (modern French côte), from Latin costa, from Proto-Indo-European *kost-.
  • From Middle English costeien, from Anglo-Norman, Old French costoier (modern French côtoyer), from Latin costicāre, from Latin costa; see further at etymology 1.

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