Any of various relatively small, streamlined sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.
intr.v. yacht·ed, yacht·ing, yachts
To sail, cruise, or race in a yacht.
[Probably obsolete Norwegian jagt, from Middle Low German jacht, short for jachtschip : jagen, to chase (from Old High German jagōn) + schip, ship.]
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