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verb spin pronunciation in American English /spɪn/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspin
he/she/itspins
present participlespinning
past tensespun
past participlespun
  1. 3
    [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?

  2. 4
    [intransitive] to go somewhere quickly in a car, on a bicycle, etc.
    spin past/by/away:

    A car went spinning past us.

  3. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to twist fibers 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.

  4. 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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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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