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verb paddle pronunciation in American English /ˈpæd(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypaddle
he/she/itpaddles
present participlepaddling
past tensepaddled
past participlepaddled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move a small boat through the water using a paddle
    We paddled for several hours along the coast.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to swim slowly by moving your arms or legs gently through the water
    We watched the ducks paddle across the lake.
  3. 3
    [transitive] American old-fashioned to hit a child with a paddle as a punishment

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