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verb American English pronunciation: spiral /ˈspaɪrəl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspiral
he/she/itspirals
present participlespiraling or spiralling
past tensespiraled or spiralled
past participlespiraled or spiralled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move in the shape of a spiral, or to make something do this

    The doctor spiraled the bandage up my arm.

    Smoke was spiraling from the burning building.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to continuously become worse, more, or less

    Her fears began to spiral again.

    spiral into:

    The economic crisis could spiral into a political disaster.

    spiral out of control:

    Crime has begun to spiral out of control in the capital.

    spiral up/upward/down/downward:

    The news sent stock prices spiraling down to a five-year low.

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spiraling

 American English pronunciation: spiraling  adjective

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