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phrasal verb British
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he/she/itspins round
present participlespinning round
past tensespun round
past participlespun round

or spin around

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as spin1 (sense 1c)

    She spun round to face him.

    spin someone around:

    He put a hand on the boy's shoulder and spun him round.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] same as spin1 (sense 1a)

    He watched the wheel spinning round.

  3. 3
    [transitive] spin something round same as spin1 (sense 1a)

    She spins the globe round.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if thoughts spin round in your head, you keep thinking about different things in a nervous and uncontrolled way

    She needed a diversion from the thoughts spinning round in her head.

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