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verb curl pronunciation in British English /kɜː(r)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycurl
he/she/itcurls
present participlecurling
past tensecurled
past participlecurled
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  1. 1

    curl

    or

    curl up

    [intransitive/transitive] to form a curved or round shape, or give something this shape
    Jane had short hair curling around her face.
    As she talked, she curled a strand of hair on one finger.
    Sam’s hands curled up into fists.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move in a curving or twisting way
    Smoke curled from tall chimneys.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to curve upwards or downwards at the edges
    The pages had begun to turn yellow and curl.

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