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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.
  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.
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    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.
  6. 7
    [intransitive] to produce a continuous low sound
    The first rumbles of thunder rolled across the sky.
  7. 8
    [intransitive] if a machine such as a camera rolls, it works
    Although the interview had ended, the cameras were still rolling.
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    roll out

    [transitive] to make a substance flat by pushing something heavy across it
    Roll the dough very thinly.



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