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verb spiral pronunciation in American English /ˈspaɪrəl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespiraling or spiralling
past tensespiraled or spiralled
past participlespiraled or spiralled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move in the shape of a spiral, or to make something do this

    The doctor spiraled the bandage up my arm.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to continuously become worse, more, or less

    Her fears began to spiral again.

    spiral into:

    The economic crisis could spiral into a political disaster.

    spiral out of control:

    Crime has begun to spiral out of control in the capital.

    spiral up/upward/down/downward:

    The news sent stock prices spiraling down to a five-year low.

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