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verb     spin pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlespinning
past tensespun
past participlespun
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to turn round and round quickly

    The Earth spins on its axis.

    The dancers were spinning in circles.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something turn round and round quickly

      Spin the wheel with your hand.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] when a washing machine spins, it squeezes water out of the clothes by turning the drum round and round quickly
    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] to turn your head or body quickly so that it faces the opposite direction, or to turn someone quickly so that they face you

      He spun on his heel and walked quickly away.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to twist fibres of a material such as cotton or wool into thread in order to make cloth

    She spins all her own wool.

    She taught me how to spin.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if an insect or spider spins something such as a web, it makes it from thread that it produces in its body

      The class watched the caterpillar spin its cocoon.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your head spins, you feel confused or ill
  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to present information in a particular way, especially in a way that makes something seem good or less bad

    How do you think the candidate will spin this story?

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to go somewhere quickly in a car, on a bicycle etc
    spin past/by/away:

    A car went spinning past us.

  6. 6
    [transitive] mainly literary to tell a story, especially one that is not true, in an interesting and exciting way

    He spun a ridiculous tale about having worked for the secret services in his youth.

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