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present tense
I/you/we/theycurl up
he/she/itcurls up
present participlecurling up
past tensecurled up
past participlecurled up

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to sit in a comfortable position, with your legs bent and your feet up off the floor
    We sat curled up on the sofa, watching the late movie.
    1. a.
      to lie with your back curved and your legs and arms close to your chest
      Anna lay curled up in bed, thinking about what happened.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] same as curl1 (sense 1)
  3. 3
    want to curl up and die informal used to tell someone how you felt when something very embarrassing happened
    When they all started laughing I just wanted to curl up and die!
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