Etymology
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cruise (v.)

"sail to and fro or from place to place," 1650s, from Dutch kruisen "to cross, sail to and fro," from kruis "cross," from Latin crux. Compare the sense evolution in cognate cross (v.). Related: Cruised; cruising.

As a noun from 1706, "a voyage taken in courses;" by 1906 as "voyage taken by tourists on a ship."

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Definitions of cruise
1
cruise (v.)
drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure;
She cruised the neighborhood in her new convertible
cruise (v.)
travel at a moderate speed;
cruise (v.)
look for a sexual partner in a public place;
cruise (v.)
sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing;
2
cruise (n.)
an ocean trip taken for pleasure;
Synonyms: sail
From wordnet.princeton.edu