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verb roll pronunciation in British English /rəʊl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerolling
past tenserolled
past participlerolled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move forward while turning over and over

    The pencil went rolling across the floor.

    As children, we loved to roll down that hill.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone or something move forward by turning them over and over

      Matthew rolled the tyre across the garage.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move on wheels

    The car rolled to a stop at the side of the road.

    roll into:

    Tanks began rolling into the city at dawn.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something move on wheels
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to move from side to side, or to make something do this

    The piglets were rolling in the mud.

    The stormy sea rolled and tossed the ship.

  4. 4



    roll over

    [intransitive] to change the position of your body when you are lying down
    roll onto:

    He rolled onto his back and looked up at me.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to change the position of someone or something so that they face a different direction
  5. 5
    [transitive] if a drop of liquid rolls, it moves across a surface without stopping
    1. a.
      if you roll dice in a game, you throw them onto or across a surface
  6. 6



    roll up

    [transitive] to fold something or wrap it around itself so that it forms a tube or a ball
    roll something into something:

    Take a piece of the mixture and roll it into a ball.

    I always roll my clothes when I pack.

  7. 7
    [intransitive] to produce a continuous low sound

    The first rumbles of thunder rolled across the sky.

  8. 8
    [intransitive] if a machine such as a camera rolls, it works

    Although the interview had ended, the cameras were still rolling.

  9. 9



    roll out

    [transitive] to make a substance flat by pushing something heavy across it

    Roll the dough very thinly.


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