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verb spin pronunciation in British English /spɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespinning
past tensespun
past participlespun
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  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. 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. 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?
  4. 5
    [intransitive] to go somewhere quickly in a car, on a bicycle etc
    spin past/by/away: A car went spinning past us.
  5. 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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