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verb [intransitive/transitive] curve pronunciation in British English /kɜː(r)v/ 
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present tense
present participlecurving
past tensecurved
past participlecurved
  1. to form a curve, or to make something form a curve

    The track curved round the mountain.

    He curved his mouth into a weary smile.

    1. a.
      to move in a curve, or to make something move in a curve

      Simons curved the ball around the goalkeeper and into the net.


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